Monday, May 22, 2006

Home Office Catalogue of Catastrophe

A few weeks ago when John Reid took over the Home Office he proceeded to blame everything on Charles Clarke, the Tories, anyone but Labour. He then said “No More Cock-Ups”, you may have seen me blog reference to this already.

Well since he has been in charge we have the following, and I’d like to stress these are since he’s been in charge:

"A 'sex-for-asylum' scandal at the UK's largest immigration processing centre has been uncovered by an Observer investigation, piling more pressure on a government already reeling from a series of Home Office bungles." -
The Observer

"Nearly 1,500 people have been wrongly labelled as criminals by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), it has emerged. The Mail on Sunday said the mistakes had led to some people being turned down for jobs or university places." -

"More than 230 foreigners identified by MI5 and Scotland Yard as suspected terrorists have been allowed to stay in Britain as asylum seekers." -
Sunday Times

David Roberts, of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND), said there was little point hunting individuals who overstayed their visas. He also said he did not have the "faintest idea" how many illegal immigrants there were in the UK.

“The Home Office has come under fire over fresh allegations involving the five immigrant workers arrested at its immigration offices this week. “
“But a statement given by Techclean, the company who employed the five workers, says the workers had been with them for some time. "Each of the five individuals has worked at the premises of the IND on a number of occasions; one of them for about three years,"” -

Of course it’s not all Home Office lunacy…
Wat Tyler features this today:

"The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) is so lost about its role that it hired management consultants at a cost of £21m last year to work out what it is supposed to be doing. The result? A lot of cartoons, some graffiti and various squiggles in what may be one of the most bizarre reports ever seen in Whitehall. Executives were invited to scribble their thoughts on a “graffiti wall” and were divided into five teams that “moved between themed rooms”. They had to imagine time-travelling to 2010 — when the IND would, apparently, be a roaring success — and visualise how they had got there." (
Sunday Times 21.5.06)

and to think…. We can’t get rid of them for 3-4 years. Think about that.

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