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Windrush and the law of diminishing competence


What the #WindrushDeportation scandal demonstrates once again is just how incompetent governments and bureaucracies are. This is why we should limit their power, not expand them as is the usual desire by the Left. We should not assume competence where there is none.

The Home Office had one aim in implementing its ‘hostile environment’ – to create pressure so that illegal immigrants would self-deport. This is because the Home Office and UK Border Agency seem unable to control immigration where it matters most – at the border. So the Home Office ended up threatening deportation or worse against British citizens. How incompetent can you be?

The Home Office pursued this policy instead of controlling our borders at the border, perhaps because this is seen as just too difficult. So the Home Office tried to outsource its duty to prevent illegal immigrants claiming benefits and using health and educational services to everyone else including teachers, schools, employers and landlords. This is a completely unacceptable burden to place upon ordinary citizens, and the policy ended up targeting other British citizens instead. One wonders if it impacted upon actual

Illegal immigrants at all?

Once this #WindrushDeportation scandal blows over, the Left will return to proposing their next great governmental scheme, telling us nothing could possibly go wrong because more and bigger government is awesome. Yet time and again governmental and departmental scandals prove otherwise.

So the next time you see some government minister proposing some great scheme ask yourself: 1) What’s the aim? 2) Is it achievable? 3) How will it be achieved? 4) What are the foreseeable side-effects and negatives? 5) Assume unknowable negatives and 6) How much will it cost? Finally ask yourself: Is the pain proportionate to the aim?

Usually it causes a lot of pain for very little gain.

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