The Home Office has plugged an embarrassing legal loophole while continuing to deny that the loophole ever existed. As of tomorrow (7 June) it will again be illegal to forge a UK passport, or alternatively, if it never stopped being illegal, tomorrow it will stop being illegal and start being illegal again instantaneously.
To describe these people as fuckwitted incompetants seems almost generous, frankly. Of course, the NuLabour fuck-up that I am most reminded of is the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) cull.
Those of you who were paying attention at the time, or who have read Private Eye special report, Not The Foot And Mouth Report, will know that the FMD cull breached two important aspects of the government's legislation.
- The cull itself was illegal. Under both EU and UK legislation, the killing of animals who had not been directly exposed, i.e. an animal in the same herd was proven to have FMD, was illegal. The government ignored this and continued with the distance-based, contiguous cull.
- The manner in which animals were killed, e.g. piglets being brained with spades and clubs, breached animal welfare laws.
The government denied that this was the case, much as they have denied that the passport loophole ever existed. They then passed a retrospective law—which not only made the cull legal but also legalised the methods employed to kill the animals—in much the same way in which they have passed a law to close this loophole which did not exist.
The FMD cull was a hideous crime and a piece of cruelty that denigrates us all: that only Private Eye—and, more specifically, Christopher Booker—made a fuss about it was a disgrace. It is this kind of thing that we bloggers should be flagging up and taking the government—whether they are NuLabour or Ball-less Tory—to task on.
These people are scum, who think nothing of deceiving us, day after day after day. Fuck them, I hope that they and their families suffer and die: it seems that this may be the only way to teach politicians that they cannot continue lying to us. It seems that a campaign along the lines of Complicity may be the only way to warn these fuckers...