Home Office ignored warnings to prevent Windrush suffering. Why isn’t this a scandal?

The Empire Windrush: if the people who arrived on it to help the UK rebuild after World War Two had known how they and their descendants would be treated after 2010, would they have bothered?

If at first you don’t succeed (in persecuting and killing people), try, try and try again seems to be the Conservative motto.

The Windrush scandal was a national outrage. Now we learn that the Home Office could have avoided harming people – but deliberately chose not to.

Where is the fury over this?

the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration (ICIBI) said the department had failed to implement a series of recommendations he has made since 2016 calling for better monitoring of the impact of the hostile environment.

“Had they been, some of the harms suffered by the Windrush generation and others may have been avoided,” said the chief inspector, David Bolt.

The Windrush Lessons Learned review, published in March last year, demanded a “full review and evaluation” of the hostile environment policy devised while Theresa May was Home Secretary – and current incumbent Priti Patel accepted the recommendation in July.

But Mr Bolt said ministers had done little to evaluate the measures, both in terms of the efficiency of the processes underpinning them, including the costs to third parties carrying them out, and their effectiveness in delivering the hoped-for outcomes.

Chai Patel, legal policy director at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said the hostile environment must be scrapped before “more lives are lost or destroyed”.

“Even the government’s own immigration inspectorate no longer has any faith that Ms Patel’s Home Office intends to fix the mess it has made of the immigration system,” he said.

Does anyone?

But this story seems to have been buried.

Do thousands more people have to be harmed, deliberately, by Priti Patel before we all wake up again, or are we going to let her get away with it next time?

Source: Home Office ignored warnings that could have prevented Windrush suffering, finds watchdog | The Independent

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2 thoughts on “Home Office ignored warnings to prevent Windrush suffering. Why isn’t this a scandal?

  1. sjenks2014

    Sadly, the reason there’s been no fury about it, is because we now have a completely USELESS (and that’s being polite!) LOTO who hasn’t brought it to the national attention at PMQs etc.

    Then again, why would he? He’s clearly a red-tory himself, with no wish to upset the applecart, and the same reason he’s continually failed to call this sick joke of a “gov’t” to account over anything else since he became Leader.

  2. Hecuba

    The fascist tories policy of creating and maintaining a so-called ‘hostile environment’ wherein certain women and men are deemed to be ‘non-human’ is happening because far too many men and women believe the fascist tory lies!

    Racism has never disappeared from little england neither has xenophobia but the fascist tories fueled these existing prejudices because apparently there are certain women and men deemed to be ‘worthy of protection’ whereas others are worthless!

    Immigrant women and men are convenient scapegoats for the fascist tories and remember the fascist tory boys believe it is their right to exploit these women and men and when their labour is no longer needed – just deport the migrants!

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