04 October 2011

Making a fool of herself

It's not every day that the Home Secretary is comprehensively proven to have told porkies within hours of making the claim:

May told the conference she would amend immigration rules to restrict the ability of illegal immigrants and foreign criminals to resist deportation by invoking the right to a family life under theHuman Rights Act. This incorporates rights enshrined in the European convention on human rights (ECHR).

May illustrated what she said were the problems with the legislation using cases highlighted in the rightwing press. "The illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – I am not making this up – he had a pet cat," she said.

OK, so she got it wrong (see here); and it wasn't even an illegal immigrant. More seriously, she must know that amending the immigration rules will have no effect whatsoever on the human rights set out in the Human Rights Act and on the ECHR.

Shoddy, very shoddy.

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