The laxity of the government over foreign nationals in jails was also underlined by Sir David Ramsbotham, the chief inspector of prisons until 2001. He said he had revealed the general problem of the deportation of foreign nationals in prison as far back as 1996, and highlighted it in detail in his final annual report in 2001. Describing the Home Office as "a monster", he complained the department had no structure to deal with specific groups of prisoners, including foreign nationals.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Go now, Charles Clarke
The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and even some Labour MPs are now calling for the Home Secretary to take some responsibility for the monstrous failures of the Home Office and resign: