Friday, July 21, 2006

Re-inventing the wheel...

Customs Officers pictured from the Port of Southampton in November 1946
copyright Associated British Ports plc
Liam Bryne MP, Labour's newish Immigration Minister is reported as saying Britain needs to toughen our borders, and counting people in and out is a basic discipline that we need to introduce (Telegraph report 20 July et al). Why then did his Labour government end such checks in 1997-98 in ports such as Southampton?
The loosening of border controls cut off a valuable source of intelligence for police and the security services in the investigation of terrorism, people-trafficking and drugs-smuggling to give three examples. The words re-inventing the wheel seem apt here...


Blogger Praguetory said...

I think they are particularly keen on the idea of counting out more so than counting in. Then we can delight in more patently false statistics on immigration/demographics.

11:08 am  
Blogger Matt Dean said...

Call me a cynic but I am sure you are right Witheshaw. The front page headline of The Sunday Telegraph says it all - 'Corruption rife among officials at Immigration- Staff face 700 allegations in one year'. Shocking.

12:31 pm  

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