Patricia Scotland was born in Dominica, to Antiguan and Dominican parents, but her family moved to Britain when she was three. As such, one might have thought that she might have some sympathy for those coming to Britain in order to find a better life.
As Guido points out, it seems not.
Baroness Scotland was appointed by Gordon Brown to be the government’s chief legal adviser. Prior to becoming Attorney General she worked as a minister in the Home Office, cracking down on illegal migrants and imposing tougher penalties on business and individuals who employ them was passed.
As the government's chief legal advisor, one could also be forgiven for thinking that Baroness Scotland would also know the very laws that she was instrumental in passing. That does not seem to have stopped her—as the Daily Mail reported—breaking the law.
Immigration officials launched an investigation today into revelations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed an illegal migrant.
The Government's top law officer sacked her housekeeper, Loloahi Tapui, yesterday after it emerged that the 27-year-old Tongan was in the UK illegally.
Lady Scotland, who has denied knowing Tapui did not have the right to work here, faces a civil penalty of up to £10,000 if found guilty.
A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: 'The UK Border Agency will conduct this investigation as they would any other investigation into allegations of illegal working.'
The Daily Mail revealed this morning how Lady Scotland has paid Loloahi Tapui, 27, to look after her large family home in West London for the past six months.
Miss Tapui has been living in Britain illegally for five years after overstaying a student visa. She is still using her National Insurance number from her time as a student.
As Guido also points out, the good Baroness can presumably easily prove her innocence—by adhering to the very laws that she helped to pass.
There is only one statutory defence against conviction for employing an illegal worker under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996—the act specifies that you get this defence only by checking and copying certain original documents belonging to your employee.
The Home Office guidance on this is clear—you will only be able to establish the defence by checking and copying specified documents, including the passport and “any page containing UK Government endorsements indicating that the holder has an entitlement to be in the UK and is entitled to undertake the work in question.”
Amended ActSo all the Attorney General has to do to clear her name is show us the copy of the page and she is in the clear. If she has not got that copy, she has broken the law she is supposed to uphold.
Indeed. And, as we all know, ignorance of the law is no defence for one of us proles—it most certainly should not exempt Baroness Scotland.
As such, The Sunlight Centre for Open Politics has swiftly reported Baroness Scotland to the relevant authorities, shortly before the Baroness could do so herself—as Guido predicted that she would.
UPDATE: Now if the standard operational procedure for law breaking by senior government figures as per the New Labour school of spin is followed (as executed in the past by Harriet Harman and Peter Hain) Patricia Scotland will report herself to the UKBA. They report themselves so they can spin “when I became aware of the technical breach of the rules blah blah.” They are not rules, they are laws, laws which the Attorney General has sworn to uphold...
And laws which—I would like to remind you—Baroness Scotland helped to push through when she was a Home Office Minister.
There. Is. No. Excuse.
Since it seems incredible that Baroness Scotland was, in fact, ignorant of the law, we can only conclude—repeating a theme that your humble Devil developed during the expenses row—that Patricia Scotland believes that the law simply does not apply to her, that she is exempt from the laws that she passes over us. Baroness Scotland believes, in short, that she is above the law.
This cannot stand.
These law-making cunts must live by the laws that they pass, or else they would pass bad laws with impunity—the fact that our corrupt rulers are supposed to live by the same laws that apply to everyone else is one of the strongest safeguards that we have against bad and evil laws being passed.
The laws that Baroness Scotland helped to pass have already created an underclass of people in this country, for even legal immigrants have few rights: they are milked and pushed about by the British state, and they have to take it or else that same state will destroy their lives.
If this premise is carried on to the rest of us, then we all become the untermensch. The expenses scandal emphasised what happens when the politicos exempt themselves from the law: having decided that the laws concerning benefits in kind did not apply to them, these venal bastards quite deliberately set out to enrich themselves in a way that would see any of the rest of us in prison, or at least severely fined.
And they got away with it. Every single one of them.
Given Baroness Scotland's contempt for the immigration laws that (and I'll say it again) she pushed through Parliament, it comes as no surprise to find—via The Sunday Times—that she has decided to personally enrich herself in contempt of other laws too.
The attorney-general, Baroness Scotland, is facing serious questions about payments of £170,000 that Cabinet Office rules say she was not entitled to receive.
Scotland is already at the centre of a row after she was found to be employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner.
It emerged yesterday that she has for years been receiving an allowance intended for peers who live outside London, despite saying her main home is in the capital.
Scotland has a £2m home in Chiswick, west London, and since 2001 has consistently declared it on her Lords expense forms as her main residence.
Despite this she receives an allowance of £38,280 a year, on top of her £113,000 salary, to help maintain a property in the capital. She also owns a cottage in Oxfordshire.
This weekend her spokeswoman defended the payments, saying that the money is available to all ministers regardless of where they live.
However, the Cabinet Office, the Senior Salaries Review Body and parliamentary documents make clear the money should go only to peers whose main home is outside London.
In a statement, Scotland said at no time did she tell her department that her “main residence was outside London”.
This means that Scotland, who was at the Home Office before becoming attorney-general, may have been wrongly paid up to £170,000 since 2004. Instead, she should have been paid only a London supplement, which would have amounted to less than £10,000 in the same five-year period.
It is quite obvious—this woman is an arrogant, corrupt, law-breaking hypocrite. Patricia Scotland should be prosecuted, fined, imprisoned and humiliated.
In a statement to the Mail on Sunday, Labour MP Graham Stringer has articulated what we all believe.
"It is extraordinary that after four days she is still in the post," he said. "The whole Government is tarnished. People feel the Government is passing laws it is not applying to itself."
We know that you are passing laws that you are not applying to yourselves, Graham: we have seen the document exempting you and your fellow MPs from tax on benefits in kind.
However, it is good to see that you recognise that this incident is bringing Parliament's reputation even lower—something, I'll admit, that I thought would be incredibly difficult to do after this summer's revelations. And yet you corrupt bastards have managed it—an extraordinary feat.
To describe the mother of all Parliaments as institutionally corrupt—and have the vast majority of people agree with you—would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. But now that the people of this country have seen the evidence—evidence that our lords and masters did their frantic best to conceal from us—I would wager that there are few that would now disagree that the rot has spread throughout the entire institution.
Radical change is needed in this country and not one of the Big Three—up to their necks in the venality, hypocrisy, law-breaking and corruption as they are—will make a difference. It has become, I think, obvious that the corruption is endemic amongst the entirety of our political class—perhaps it is time for the gentlemen amateurs to replace these parasites...?
For one party will make a difference—LPUK. If only because your humble Devil would personally turn Parliament upside-down in order to root out and destroy the stinking rot within it.
Anyone found to have been fiddling their expenses or otherwise breaking the law—whether they be politicians, civil servants or any other kind of filthy politico hanger-on—would all be prosecuted in short order.
Now, that would be what I call an enjoyable job of work. And my purge would be far more ferocious than that of the hopelessly compromised Tory, LibDim and Labour parties.
Because you just watch—no punishment will be meted out to Baroness Scotland. None at all.
And now imagine if it were your humble Devil in charge...
UPDATE: there has been no comment from Baroness Scotland's colleagues at Lords Of The Blog—nor have they had time to give us the benefit of their wisdom on the illegal troughing of Baroness Morgan.
Perhaps they're too