First a few articles on the news today that an amnesty was 'in effect' implemented in an effort to clear the backlog of asylum cases; the Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and FactCheck. The Home Affairs Select Committee summary and report can be accessed here.
Where to start? Where indeed,
It is amazing that someone who presided over failure - and whilst so doing - is able to earn performance bonuses equal in amount to what some ordinary people earn in a year. It is likewise amazing that someone who presided over failure is then rewarded with promotion to a new post in another department. Her background can be found here, courtesy of Wikipedia, in which I searched in vain for any relevant qualification in either asylum, immigration or transport.
Damien Green may wriggle about what is and what is not an amnesty, however it sure looks as if it is an amnesty. Cathy Newman on FactCheck considers Green can be given a card of the same colour, rather than a red card, but is forced to concede that:
"However, the Home Affairs Select Committee is spot on to argue that the policy pursued by this government and the previous one amounts “in effect” to an amnesty. But to own up to that would incur the wrath of the rightwing press. And that would never do."
If, as Cathy Newman writes, someone is suddenly allowed to remain "no questions" asked, has anyone queried why a possible refusal is suddenly reversed years later? How come such a damning report is released when parliament is in recess and the contents of the report cannot be raised in the House of Commons? Are the Coalition continuing the practise of "a good day to bury bad news"?
Two years ago (!) a report from the same committee found the UKBA still "not fit for purpose" and was defended by the then Home Office Minister, Phil Woolas - and we all know how principled he was! How much longer will taxpayer's money be used to employ incompetent politicians and bureaucrats?
Footnote: apologies for the paucity of this post - been out all day, not returning until 8pm desperately in need of food and alcohol. Just felt so incensed that I needed to put fingers to keyboard!