The unbelievable news that the Home Secretary has ignored not one but two court orders regarding the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker, first stretches credulity and then provokes disgust. If even the Home Secretary doesn’t respect judicial decisions this is the start of an unaccountable state. And this in a country that originated the Rule of Law.
The judiciary has described the breach as a ‘Prima Facie contempt of court’. And all this by a Minister Of State.
Then, we learn that the Home Office has been sending (up to 100) letters to EU citizens telling them to leave. We are told “A limited number of letters were issued in error.” Some error when you get a letter saying ‘A decision has been taken to remove you from the UK.’
You begin to wonder if this is really allied to Brexit plans, where immigration is the only thing that matters.
Then about six months ago it was reported that the UK may be fined because HMRC failed to enforce properly valued invoices for imported goods which are reckoned to have caused a loss of VAT revenues for our EU neighbours in the billions.
With these failures it is no wonder Michel Barnier says the European Court of Justice should have jurisdiction over EU nationals in Britain after Brexit and also keep its powers with regard to the UK government. Even – in fact especially – when the UK has an opt-out for its own citizens’ fundamental rights.
This is all beginning to suggest that the government has shrunk the state so successfully that Customs and Excise can give no help to their fellow Europeans on VAT fraud and the Home Office is incapable of properly administering current immigration law. And all topped off by a Minister of State ignoring court orders.
English law was always supposed to be more generally obeyed because it was derived from common practice and not statute based. Well not any more.
We now see that shrinking the state leads it to to be held in such contempt that it encompasses shrinking respect for the law – right up to ignoring the judiciary.
I used to think talk of fascism was exaggerated. Now I’m not so sure.