This week, Roshonara Choudhry was convicted of attempted murder for stabbing her local MP twice in the stomach during a constituency surgery. She has received a sentence of life imprisonment, to serve at least 15 years. The judge also informed her that, had her attack proved fatal, she would have received a Whole Life Tariff (the U.K. equivalent of life imprisonment without parole, something only 35 prisoners in the U.K. have been given).
Her attack was motivated by Timms’ vote in support of the Iraq War and she stated that her inspiration came from watching videos of Anwar Al Awlaki, a.k.a., this year’s Bin Laden. Previously, she had been a grade A student in the middle of her university studies, yet six months after listening to some bog standard wargasm rhetoric, she had dropped put of university and was planning her attack. From arrest to conviction she has remained certain that her action was the correct way of “fulfill(ing) my obligation, my Islamic duty.”
If this were a plot TV show, the sort where the detectives are very white and righteous and such, it’s fair to say that here at MMW, we would disparage it as far-fetched fear mongering. So, unsurprisingly, the case was front-page news, with stories falling into two categories