BBC Online reports that John Reid is planning a "uniformed border-control force" at Britain’s air and seaports. Earlier this week the Home Secretary had announced 8,000 new prison places to deal with overcrowding in UK jails.
ConservativeHome has described Labour’s inclination to adopt Tory policies as enabling us to "govern by proxy". A host of Tory ideas have been stolen by Labour over the last decade. The great problem is that they are invariably implemented ineptly or half-heartedly – discrediting the value of the original ideas.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis thinks the same pattern is likely with John Reid’s borders announcement:
"This is not just about uniform, it’s about powers and whether we use all the people: the immigration officers, the customs officers, and the special branch who currently work in the ports as a part of that force; or whether it is just about uniforms. If it’s just about uniforms, that’s just window dressing… What is necessary is a properly constituted and powerful border control police making use of all possible manpower to maximum effect to protect our borders and with it public safety."