My opinion on this whole Phillip Lawrenct/Learco Chindamo business was forged by Chris Paul's excellent fisk of Iain Dale, the fact that Mr Chindamo was only 5 years old when he came to Britain swung it in his favour. Mr Chindamo is likely have barely any memory of Italy, it is only his home by a legal technicality.
What is bugging me though, is the lack of coverage the mainstream media has given to this fact, I've sat through the Radio 4 6'O'Clock news, and ITV news parading a number of it's citizen journalists giving their both barrels opinion on the human rights act. All the while I've heard no one even mention the fact that this man was only five years old when he came to this country. The omission of this fact has seriously distorted the coverage of the subject in the mainstream media.
I hate to accuse the BBC of bias, I really think the coverage they've provided could have made more light of this fact.