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Home Office deletes “fascist Dad’s Army” ‘migrants’ clip released after it was forced to abandon deportation flight

It seems there was more to the Home Office’s video clip about “activist lawyers” than met the eye – and that was already pretty bad.

Apparently the government had been forced to abandon a deportation flight to Spain after last-minute legal challenges meant all 23 passengers had to be allowed off the plane.

It seems that HO had tried to rush through the deportations fast, in order to deny these asylum-seekers the right to appeal; that would be breaking the law. All the lawyers did was insist that these people be allowed their legal rights.

In response, the government department released the tweet attacking “activist lawyers” who “delay and disrupt returns”.

So it seems the line saying, “Soon we will no longer be bound by EU laws and can negotiate our own return arrangements,” was an attempt to taunt those lawyers.

That was a mistake. It provoked complaints – some of them from the lawyers who carry out these actions.

So now the tweet has come down and HO permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft has issued instructions that the term “activist lawyers” should not be used again.

The most effective complaint seems to have come from the economist Jonathan Portes. This Site has huge respect for this gentleman, going back to discussions of the UK economy here many years ago.

He posted a thread showing part of the response he received:

Later, he added this:

By this time, some of the lawyers concerned had already taken to Twitter to put their side of the story across – and it makes interesting reading:

It’s another own-goal for Boris Johnson’s Tory government – and the Home Office that Johnson insists must be run by Priti Patel.

Source: Home Office wrong to refer to ‘activist lawyers’, top official admits | Home Office | The Guardian

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POLL: Should Theresa May resign over the Windrush scandal – or Amber Rudd? Or both?

Time to go? A tired-looking Theresa May in Prime Minister’s Questions.

Listen to Owen Jones:

That was Thursday (April 26). There have been more developments since then.

Here‘s one:

“Home Office officials are being rewarded with shopping vouchers for helping to ensure failed asylum seekers lose their attempt to stay in the country, new documents reveal.

“Official guidance obtained by the Guardian shows that immigration staff have been set a target of winning 70% of tribunal cases in which asylum seekers are appealing against government decisions that they should leave the UK.

“These officers are also incentivised by Home Office reward schemes involving gift vouchers, cash bonuses and extra holidays, according to information received under freedom of information laws.

“Asked what rewards were given to presenting officers and case owners in the fields of asylum and immigration, the department confirmed high-street vouchers for £25 or £50 were handed out to “recognise positive performance over a short period of time”, including when officers “exceed their casework targets for a month”.

“Critics said it was a new low for officers to be rewarded for outcomes that meant asylum seekers being asked to leave the UK for countries where they claim to be facing persecution or war. The incentives undermine confidence in the fairness of the system, they say.”

Of course it does; the system isn’t fair at all – nor is it intended to be. It is intended to target and victimise the innocent in a way that they cannot beat.

That is what the Windrush migrants discovered. Now we see that asylum-seekers from a much wider area are also being attacked by our racist Tory government.

Another was Amber Rudd’s announcement that the UK is to scrap immigration removal targets – on the day she humiliated herself by having to admit she had been wrong to say they didn’t exist (as she did on Wednesday, April 25).

Will this mean asylum seekers get a reprieve (and Home Office employees lose their gift vouchers)? Of course not.

As with the bogus promise of citizenship to the Windrush Generation (who are already UK citizens – Mrs May and Ms Rudd have been deporting them illegally) – the scrapping of targets is confined to this particular group, and the police to reduce immigration to less than 10,000 a year remains in place.

If the policy is being relaxed in one place, it must become harsher in another. Someone else will suffer more as a result of this.

Remember that the so-called Windrush migrants have been suffering for years because of the policies of Theresa May and Amber Rudd – and one man, Dexter Bristol, has died.

So, how do we stop the suffering?

Is it possible with Theresa May as prime minister and Amber Rudd as Home Secretary?

Many people think not.

So should they resign?


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