Attorney General Baroness Scotland has been fined £5,000 after being found by the UK Border Agency to have employed somebody who was not legally allowed to work in the UK. The UK Border Agency accepts that she did not knowingly employ the worker. The opposition are calling for her resignation. People can be too busy writing the rules to know what they are. Labour's programme of social engineering is a complicated business, in fact, it can become so all consuming that one forgets all kinds of things. Is this the effect of Labour policies? A vague but bothersome amnesia that is the poor wee brain's defence mechanism against socialist micro-control. Now the border patrol can return their attention to the other few million illegal workers on British shores.
5 April 2004
“It is probably right that I indicate now that the Government have said that we are considering increasing the penalty for those employing illegal workers to send out a stronger message that such behaviour is both illegal and unacceptable."
13 June 2007
13 June 2007
“The Act [Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act] set out a civil penalty regime in respect of illegal working offences and, as we crack down harder on employers who flout the immigration laws, we must also provide the necessary tools and support to enable them to comply with our rules and laws.”
23 September 2009 on Sky News
“It’s like driving into the City and not paying the congestion charge. It is not a criminal offence. I made an administrative, technical error for which I am bitterly, bitterly sorry. I will never fail to take a photocopy again. I got it wrong. It was a technical breach and I have paid the penalty.”