John Redwood, like all senior British Conservatives, is missing the point when it comes to immigration. There is so much emotion being generated by the topic that no one is looking at the simple facts of what is happening at ground level in the countries sending people to Britain. People need to calmly consider the facts, and then form judgements.
I am usually blocked from writing on John Redwood’s blog. Today was no exception. He’s writing about immigration and missing the point.
I explain –
You are not anywhere near understudying the nature of the problem, John. There is massive corruption taking place inside the UKBA and Foreign Office delegated visa negotiating private businesses like VFS Global. I describe how it is being done in a recent blog post. The word corruption isn’t even on the Ministers’ lips. Yet corruption is the key problem. Any system of rules can be undermined if there is big money to be made, which there is as regards immigration.
Redwood’s ‘Reply On Immigration
The points he makes about the EU are correct. It’s just that for the rest of the world, until you start addressing the issue of corruption, you don’t even know what subject you’re talking about. Interestingly, not even one commenter under the blog post mentioned the word ‘corruption’ either. British people are incredibly naive about what goes on under the table within their own government, handing out billions in contracts to ‘private’ businesses. If we want to get immigration under control, there is only one way – get rid of the separation between the Home Office, and the Foreign Office, and give the whole job to the Foreign Office, and get rid of their delegated agents like VFS Global (A wholly owned subsidiary of Kuoni Travel of Zurich, based in Mumbai). If corruption is found, people should be fired, not kept on ad infinitum, as is happening now. Contracts should be terminated.
Very few witnesses ever come forward, of course, as when organised crime is involved, doing so is very dangerous. It would be easy to run professional investigations, eavesdrop on interviews, and put in false applicants, and keep the crooks on their toes. None of this is being done. As my blogpost points out, corruption is heavily embedded in the system, and highly lucrative it is too. John Redwood clearly doesn’t know. MPs worry me. They don’t seem to want to get too close to the reality of situations, preferring to believe the falsehood that government is basically honest.
Our son Sean 3 months. He’s mad keen to get to the UK and meet his elder brother who’s at school there. Just waiting for Mummy’s visa. He’s way more intelligent than some of the vermin commenting on his Daddy’s blog. In a battle against corruption, there’s bound to be a few vipers lurking.
John Redwood is one of the few British politicians who could lead us back to solvency. I would support any bid from him for the leadership……. while advising the caution that, as ever, bullshit baffles brains. The goings-on in the Foreign Office and the Home Office, as regards dealing with immigration, should be seen as turf defense by people on the make. Politicians should stop treating these people as honest agents. They are anything but.