Yesterday's confessions of the removal man were historically jaw-dropping. Dave Roberts, a bearded man who holds the title Director, Enforcement and Removals, at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, nonchalantly told the Home Affairs Committee:
- The Home Office has "not the faintest idea" how many people are here illegally (cf the latest Migration Watch estimate of up to 870,000)
- They think tracking down identified illegals is "not an effective strategy" (cf everything we've ever believed about law enforcement)
- They do not know how many illegals they themselves have ordered to leave- "I do not have that information" (cf the working standards taken for granted in all properly managed organisations)
And as if that wasn't enough to have our flabbers well and truly ghasted, the Department of Work and Pensions Chief Economist then told the Committee that Jobcentre staff routinely issue National Insurance numbers to all-comers. As we know, NI numbers are a turnkey identification for access to all kinds of things, including jobs. Yet Jobcentres are dishing them out whether or not individuals can prove legal British nationality.
According to DWP- another notoriously dysfunctional department- "It is not about ascertaining whether someone is legally in the country or has the right to work." Well...ummm...wtf is it for then?
As we've blogged many times, in a ftse100 company, this kind of incompetence would have heads rolling, and probably a shareholders revolt to unseat the CEO.
PS Even we dedicated small staters normally accept that law and war are two things best left to government. But the appalling state of the Home Office does make you wonder. We've privatised parking enforcement...maybe we could do the same with tracking down illegal immigrants. Fire Dave and his team and use the money to fund freelance bounty hunters. It would have to be an improvement on where we are now.