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You don’t have to like Shamima Begum to be worried by the government’s handling of her case

The idea that populist, racist outrage might lead to the citizenship of an individual being revoked undermines the very universal values we claim to promote

By Miqdaad Versi  

Shamima Begum in a photo held up by her sister. Photo: PA

In the last ten days, the country, and indeed the world’s media, has been transfixed by the plight of Shamima Begum, the deluded teenager who left to join the terrorist death cult in Syria and has ended up a broken mother.

Like other similar stories, Begum’s case has once again acted as a lightning rod for polarised opinion. Her actions, and whether she is sufficiently remorseful, have been as hotly debated as has her right to return…

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