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Thursday 15 April 2021

Every Tory In The World Is Bent

In one of many quotable exchanges from the original version of The Italian Job, Mr Bridger decides that he needs to hire a computer expert. Camp Freddie (for it is he) is told to secure the services of Professor Peach. “But what if the Professor’s not bent?” he protests. “Camp Freddie,” responds Mr Bridger. “Everybody in the world is bent”.

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And to prove that this maxim extends to the Government elected 50 years after that film’s release, not only is the Greensill scandal causing ripples of good old-fashioned Tory sleaze™ to dampen the reputations of a lot of Civil Servants and Government advisors, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his worryingly shallow talent pool of variously inept ministers are full participants in the unedifying spectacle.

Not least Priti Patel, inexplicably elevated to the post of Home Secretary, who has ventured beyond mere ineptitude, and has been caught breaking the law, rather than just breaching someone’s human rights. Her latest not at all accidental mis-step concerns a death in custody, and a potential witness being deported. On her orders.

As the Guardian has reported, “A landmark court ruling has held the home secretary, Priti Patel, accountable for failures in ensuring that deaths in immigration detention centres are properly investigated. Two judges in the immigration court ruled on Wednesday that three of the home secretary’s detention policies breached human rights rules and that she could not frustrate or undermine inquiries into these deaths”. Undermine? Do go on.

The ruling relates to two friends, Ahmed Lawal and Oscar Lucky Okwurime, both from Nigeria, who were in Harmondsworth immigration removal centre when Okwurime was found dead in his cell there on 12 September 2019. Lawal proved to be a key witness, but the Home Office tried to deport him five days after the death before he could provide any evidence. He took the case to the high court and a judge halted his removal”.

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Worse, “The judges found that the home secretary’s decision to remove Lawal to Nigeria was unlawful as she had failed to take reasonable steps to secure his evidence … before starting removal proceedings”. Worse still, “A replacement policy in August 2020 was also found to be unlawful as it failed to identify and take steps to secure the evidence of those who may have relevant information about a death in detention”. The conclusion?

Even the Mail has had to admittwo judges ruled that the Home Secretary's attempt to deport Ahmed Lawal, 34, before he could give evidence at an inquest was unlawful”. Priti Patel broke the law. She is supposed to be the Home Secretary. Her duties include “Law enforcement in England and Wales”. Which appears not to always include her.

The Mail emphasised the lawbreaking undertaken: “she did not have the legal authority to frustrate or undermine inquiries into these deaths”. How the Coroner is expected to investigate deaths when witnesses are summarily deported is an interesting one. A Home Secretary who wants to see justice done, providing it doesn’t stop her doing a few illegal deportations and so playing to the gallery of reactionary intolerance.

The Home Office, to no surprise at all, is not appealing against the judgment. That’s because they, and their boss, know they are guilty as hell. Having bent coppers is one thing; having a bent Home Secretary is worse. Worse still, she’ll get away with it.

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Mr Larrington said...

In the past six months Dr Smirkenstein has twice been threatened with being done for contempt of court and yet – inexplicably – continues to have oversight of law enforcement. What does a minister in Bloody Stupid Johnson's cabinet have to do in order to be sacked?

Exiled in Ard Mhaca said...

The self righteous smirk on her face in the photo above speaks volumes.What a clampit.

Anonymous said...

All while Starmer-led "Labour" sits on its morally corrupt hands.

What a rotten country we have become.

alienfromzog said...

As a rule of thumb, in order for a Minister of the Crown to be sacked, their conduct has to fall below the standards of competence and integrity set by the Prime Minister of the day.

With Johnson as Prime Minister, that is a challenge!!

AndyC said...

Mr Larrington wrote:
'What does a minister in Bloody Stupid Johnson's cabinet have to do in order to be sacked?'

Stop supporting Brexit. That'll get them fired. Nothing else will.

Anonymous said...

Of course no Labourite is bent if we except Vaz, Onasanya, Rahman, Ahmed, Osamor, Moran, etc etc not forgetting the Daddy of them all Stonehouse! Let him who is without sin ........

Anonymous said...



And let him/her WITH sin get a very long jail sentence with no parole.

Mr Larrington said...

@AndyC: a good point, well made.

Anonymous said...

@17.55 yeah but wot abaht him? .... um yeah right ....twenty five wrongs still don’t make a right .... greed, corruption and abuse of power is inherent in all of humanity, but seriously, try asking yourself how much cash these fuckers really need? And if the objective of this government isn’t to break both the spirit of the people and the treasury, whilst making sure systems are in place for those who can afford it after the shit really hits the fan.