Fascinating write up of the GOV.UK transition

Fascinating write up by The Register of the transition to GOV.UK, focussing on the immigration websites. The title gives a fair idea of the content: Inside GOV.UK: ‘CHAOS’ and ‘NIGHTMARE’ as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites: The most hated website of all time? A total disaster, basically. My own impression is that the current version of […]

New Chief Inspector announced

The next Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration will be David Bolt, former MI5 officer and later police officer. Announcement here. Turns out new inspector of immigration, is a former MI5 officer and was director general of intelligence at Serious Organised Crime Agency — Alan Travis (@alantravis40) February 10, 2015  

Obituary of Michael Fisher

Obituary in The Guardian for Michael Fisher of Fisher Meredith and Christian Fisher fame. As hard as things are now for lawyers challenging state power, they were harder then.

Jesus is refused asylum

Dear Jesus, You have applied for asylum in the United Kingdom and asked to be recognised as a refugee under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Geneva Convention) on the basis that it would be contrary to the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Geneva Convention for you to be removed from or required to […]

Minister misleads on sham marriage numbers

[UPDATE: The 4,000 figure is made up too. Scroll to bottom for more on that.] On 25 November 2014, Minister for Immigration and Security, James Broken-shire said: The new Immigration Act enables us to take tougher action to crack down on those who try to cheat our immigration system by abusing marriage laws. In 2013-14, […]

Allowed appeals not allowed

Remarkably honest response to Freedom Information Request for Home Office training materials on the immigration law changes taking effect on 28 July 2014: The withheld training documents contain lines to take, which could assist a foreign criminal’s representatives in forming their arguments for appeal.  If their appeals were successful, then we could be prevented from deporting foreign criminals in cases where it would be appropriate to do so. We can’t have foreign criminals winning appeals or being aware of the arguments that might help them to do so, can we? Instead, they […]

Only 15% of Tribunal reporting committee members are women

Some information about the shadowy Upper Tribunal Reporting Committee shared with me by the indefatigable Shoaib Khan, obtained through a Freedom of Information request: The current members of the reporting committee are: Mr Justice McCloskey (President), Mr C M G Ockelton (Vice President), Upper Tribunal Judge Peter Lane (Chair), Upper Tribunal Judge Jordan, Upper Tribunal […]