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Boom, shake, shake, shake the exercise yard

20 August 2005

No, really, we really shouldn't laugh. Prison bombing is a serious business after all. But there is something perversely hilarious about the fact that this week Muslim 'shoe bomber' Saajid Badat was able to assemble and detonate a small weedkiller-based bomb within the walls of Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire.

What's particularly funny about the incident is how reminiscent it is of one of those prison films where one or more inmates escape under cover of a seemingly innocent leisure activity - putting on a pantomime or exercising with a vaulting horse. Suddenly the huge spike of interest in gardening amongst Whitemoor inmates makes perfect, chilling sense.

But there's more. In a further hilarious twist it emerged that, since Whitemoor's imam had resigned, Badat had actually been allowed to lead prayers amongst Muslim inmates. A shoebomber. Given access to weedkiller. And allowed to preach to other Muslim inmates.

As the late, great Littlejohn would say: you couldn't make it up.

But what other huge security risks are going unchecked in Britain's public sector? TFT reveals the frightening truth...

- Soham murderer Ian Huntley is currently employed as an administrator for the Department For The Bathing of Pretty Little Girls (DBPLG).

- As part of his programme of rehabilitation, Moors murderer IanBrady has been given a job at the National Trust, giving tours of Yorkshire's many scenes of outstanding unnatural brutality. (NB Ian Brady's Wikipedia entry describes him as 'a British serial killer and author.')

- Mental hook-handed Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has been released from prison and is now heading a far reaching enquiry into transport safety following the events of July 7th.

- Despite dragging Britain into an illegal, unpopular and religiously provocative war, Tony Blair is still Prime Minister.



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