I think I've missed the boat with the timing of this post - but the sentiment is there, so let's ignore the fact I've showed up late and embrace the fact I'm here.
Last night's vigil and blog-in supporting Florence and Precious Mhango got plenty support from Scotland's great and good in the blogosphere. Anne and Caron led the way, ably supported by Will and Alison while Jeff and Subrosa both chipped in with their views, all saying the same thing: they've got to stay. And I'm 100% behind them.
Each of the posts above makes the same point in slightly different ways. Will points out we've led genocidal murderers (Pinochet) and terrorists (al-Megrahi) live freely out of compassion but we can't see fit to extend that same compassion to a mother and daughter who have made Scotland their home after suffering domestic abuse among other things. And Jeff points out that David Cameron's warm words about a "Big Society" sound hollow when the Glasgow community to which Florence and Precious belong want them to stay and are being ignored by the political elites who think they know better.
Of course we should take immigration seriously, and the issue of asylum is a sensitive one - but this is a total no-brainer. If we send them back to Malawi, we're condemning them to a life without each other, Precious to become the "property" of her father.
I've never been one to call myself British, but if our government is doing this in our name... then I'm disgusted even to be associated with the concept. Come on Dave - you banged on about compassionate Conservatism enough during the campaign - now lets see it in action.