It has been 17 years since John Reid declared the Home Office to be of no use.
Apparently it still isn’t.
Rishi Sunak has made stopping the boats one of his government’s top five priorities.
Interior Ministry officials should make every effort to help him.
Instead, ministers are undermined by bizarre internal rules.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has hired 700 additional caseworkers to help clear the backlog of 170,000 asylum applications.
But what’s the point of each of these new hires being handed a set of guidelines that appear to ensure that most requests are granted?
How can the veracity of a migrant’s claim that he was persecuted because of his homosexuality be questioned when staff are prohibited from asking about his sexuality?
If “troubling questions” are forbidden, how can claims be rigorously and properly examined?
Such absurdly distorted rules make the whole system look ridiculous.
And they make it impossible for the government to achieve its goals.
It’s not just that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.
The interior ministry ties both hands behind their backs.
Braverman urgently needs to review the entire process.
It is outrageous that Levi Bellfield was even granted a marriage ceremony.
That he should now insist he has a photographer to record the event is incredible.
Bellfield says not having official pictures and video of his big day at HMP Frankland would be a violation of his human rights.
The prison authorities gave in to his initial demands for a marriage, fearing they would lose under European law.
It is likely that they will do the same again.
For years, Bellfield has had the prison service dance to his tune.
Be it his sudden conversion to Islam or his insistence on marrying the poor, deluded woman who visits and writes to him in prison.
But Bellfield’s killings of two young women and 13-year-old Milly Dowler proved he wasn’t human.
And deserves no rights.
Still a win
SO England’s campaign ended as it so often does – a narrow defeat in their quest for ultimate glory.
But we mustn’t be too downhearted about our women with lioness hearts.
After their European Championship victory, they once again raised the bar for what can be achieved.
You gave hope and excitement to a generation of young girls – and won over the majority of men in the process.
What a triumph that was.