"The under-fire Home Office has suffered a fresh blow with the news five illegal immigrants were found cleaning one of the department's offices in London.
The Nigerians were arrested after checks on their immigration status.
They were working for a firm which was contracted to clean Becket House, part of the Immigration and Nationality directorate (IND)."
Passport forgery law is repealed by accident.
The Home Office faced fresh controversy last night after ministers were accused of accidentally repealing the law which makes it an offence to have a forged passport.
In an extraordinary development, it was claimed that Labour's Identity Cards Act had repealed the existing laws before the new laws to replace them come into force.
One court case involving two men who were caught with forged passports has already had to be adjourned.
Peter Briffa channels Gary Younge (among many others) ...
"But this is Blair’s Britain, where black footballers are tolerated just so long as their white colleagues get all the limelight ..."
Joseph Harker, whose work I usually admire, beats him hollow ...
"I've been looking at the drivers of these flag-waving vehicles, and - OK, I admit this isn't exactly scientific - half of them are in white vans, and the rest are white, male, tattooed, pot-bellied 35 to 55-years-olds: exactly the type I've been seeing on TV for the past month complaining about "our houses going to the asylum seekers", or that "we're losing control of our country". I can't tell if these drivers come from Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP gained 11 seats, but that borough is just a short drive from where I live, so who knows?"
Followed by :
"There is a serious point to this."
Cricket on the Mantel piece
2 minutes ago