“We are still in a situation where SOME RISKS HAVE TO BE TAKEN, and staff should feel that if they are encouraged to take risks THEY WILL BE SUPPORTED WHEN SOMETHING DOES GO WRONG."The Times' David Leppard explained:
"LABOUR'S ‘OPEN DOOR’ IMMIGRATION POLICY KNOWINGLY RISKED ALLOWING DANGEROUS PEOPLE TO SETTLE IN BRITAIN UNCHECKED. The Whitehall correspondence, which was illegally withheld by the Home Office for four years, shows how MINISTERS WERE TOLD BY THE COUNTRY’S MOST SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL THAT HIS STAFF WERE TO BE ‘ENCOURAGED TO TAKE RISKS’ WHEN GRANTING VISAS, WORK PERMITS AND EXTENDED RESIDENCY TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW MIGRANTS…
The documents help to explain the huge rise in the flow of migrants into Britain as the Home Office rushed to clear a backlog of 45,000 cases. OFFICIALS AGREED TO FAST-TRACK 337,000 APPLICATIONS WITH MINIMAL CHECKS. THIS LED TO A RAPID RISE IN IMMIGRATION.
In 1999, 170,000 visas were granted; by 2002, this had risen to 300,000. As officials were being ordered to take risks, several potentially dangerous people entered the UK.
In LATE 2001, MORE THAN 20 TALIBAN, WHO HAD FLED FROM AFGHANISTAN AFTER THEIR DEFEAT BY AMERICAN AND BRITISH FORCES, WERE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE UK. The documents cast new light on the row over past immigration policy, highlighted by the recent rise of the British National party.
A KEY FIGURE IN THE SCANDAL WAS SIR BILL JEFFREY, WHO WAS THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY DIRECTORATE, BRITAIN’S MOST SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. He is now at the centre of controversy as the senior civil servant in charge of the Ministry of Defence.
The other key figure was Beverley Hughes, then minister of state for citizenship and immigration. She was later forced to resign after it emerged she had misled MPs about whether she had been warned that Romanian and Bulgarian crime gangs might want to exploit the UK’s decision to open its borders to those seeking work from eastern Europe.Anyone out there still thinking THEY are NOT at war with us?
The e-mail was copied to David Blunkett, then home secretary, and Sir John Gieve, his most senior mandarin. THE WORDS ‘TO BE WITHHELD’ WERE LATER SCRIBBLED ACROSS THE TOP, AN APPARENT INSTRUCTION NOT TO COMPLY WITH AN FOI REQUEST FOR ITS RELEASE.
The same words appear on a note, prepared by Jeffrey, sent to Hughes a few day later. In it, in response to Hughes’s insistent complaints about the need to clear the 45,000 backlog, he outlined the new ‘risk-taking’ policy. THIS INVOLVED FAST-TRACKING ALL 337,000 APPLICATIONS, WITH LITTLE OR NO REGARD AS TO WHETHER THEY WERE MERITED.
The policy, codenamed Brace, meant that officials had to make quick decisions based on the paperwork in an applicant’s file, regardless of whether it was complete. No further follow-up checks were to be made.
Jeffrey said staff were given guidance that ‘BRACE IS ABOUT PRAGMATIC GRANTS RATHER THAN PRAGMATIC REFUSALS‘. In other words, the official policy was in principle to grant applications rather than to refuse them…
Hughes always claimed publicly was implemented by junior officials without her knowledge. Not only do the papers expose her claim as untrue; they go further in showing that Hughes and Jeffrey were happy to encourage the culture of deliberate risk-taking…
Two weeks ago Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter for Tony Blair, wrote an article saying Labour had allowed immigration to rocket in order to turn Britain ‘truly multicultural’ and ‘to rub the right’s noses in diversity’. The heart of his claim was that UNCONTROLLED MASS IMMIGRATION HAD BEEN A DELIBERATE, COVERT POLICY TO CHANGE THE COUNTRY’S DEMOGRAPHICS…
Neather’s account may be only half the story… There is the added difficulty that AT LEAST 20 LABOUR SEATS, INCLUDING JACK (STRAW’S), DEPEND ON ASIAN VOTES. WITH UP TO 80% OF ETHNIC MINORITIES VOTING LABOUR, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE MORE IMMIGRANTS WHO GET THE RIGHT TO VOTE, THE GREATER IS LABOUR’S ELECTORAL SHARE.”
Sir William Alexander 'Bill' Jeffrey, KCB, was yet another member of the Scots Mafia so prevalent in the Blair/Brown government. (Gordon Brown is Scottish. Tony Blair is Scots-Irish)
Nothing against the Scots and Scots-Irish by the way. Except for those who wish to destroy the English.
I've everything against them.