How about the plan to grant amnesty for 500,000 illegal immigrants?
Byrne MP has been Immigration Minister for all of 2 weeks now, so he may be due
for another move. Watch out for claims that the pressure for an amnesty
"proves" that the UK needs ID cards.
Maybe immigration-related issues are a little too dog-whistley for you.
After all, if an illegal immigrant can land a senior finance position at
Birmingham City Council and steal £1 million pounds, perhaps they can really integrate fully and rapidly into modern British life and culture.
released on licence after less than 6 years? Does John Reid think the courts system is no longer "fit for purpose"?
Probably he does, given his recent public remarks that the judge was too soft in
sentencing child abductor Craig Sweeney. What a shame that the judge was in
fact only following the Home Office’s own rules in the matter.
chances of a successful appeal by the prosecution against the shortness of the
sentence. Isn’t it good that we now have joined-up government and no longer have to
suffer the shambles that existed under John Major?
quiet yesterday, leaving it to his deputy Andy Hayman to apologise over the
invasion of Forest Gate.
Given that Sir Ian has received a public vote of confidence from Tony
Blair, and even from that renowned crime-fighter Ken Livingstone, he was
probably too busy clearing his desk and wondering where to put the carriage
clock. And despite The Sun’s continuing campaign to fire "soft judges",
Goldsmith, Byrne, the Metropolitan Police, the judiciary), Sir Iain is the only
one who will go.
Gate incident was very damaging, and perhaps the Metropolitan Police’s apology
could have been drafted more, ahem, tactfully. It was particularly unfortunate
(and statistically impressive) that the Met managed to shoot someone thinking of
becoming a community support officer. However (the shooting aside) it’s
difficult to see what else the Anti-Terrorism Squad could have done following a
tip off about a chemical weapons factory in a London Borough at the other end of
the Jubilee Line. It wouldn’t have looked good in front of the Select Committee
after the bomb had gone off if Sir Iain rolled up to say his men were still
filling-in consent forms and planning to drop by for a genteel cup of tea with
the suspects. Imagine The Sun’s campaign against that.
seemed to cope with the job of running it). Yes, the criminal justice justice
system needs reform. Yes, there needs to be more public involvement in its
operation. Yes, the judges need to rethink the approach to sentencing. No, you
don’t need a Sun-style lynch campaign against individual judges, just better
law. No, you don’t need identity cards to handle immigration problems. Yes,
Sir Iain Blair should probably go, and go now.
perception of the nature of what is involved in the anti-terror campaign is
lagging behind the facts (and the mainstream media aren’t exactly helping in
this regard). Let’s hope it doesn’t take another bomb to educate the public