Immigration: defects in policy and practice
Derek Partridge, CMG, a friend and former diplomatic service colleague, has authorised me to put on my website the text of a letter he has sent to Stephen Timms, the Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions in the British government (right –>). Derek told me on 23 June 2008 that he “had thought of holding off putting the letter on your website at least until I received a reply from Stephen Timms. I have changed my mind on seeing the report in The Independent this morning that Jacqui Smith has said that gay and lesbian asylum-seekers can be safely deported to Iran so long as they live their lives ‘discreetly’. I am now willing for you to put it on your website with a note saying that I have agreed to your doing so because of my anger at the Home Secretary’s statement.”
Derek’s experience and qualifications for writing about immigration policy are described in his letter. You can read the full text of it here.
If anyone has any comments on Derek Partridge’s letter, whether positive or negative, please write them below this post in the space provided and I shall ensure that Derek sees them. Alternatively by all means send me a private message using the Contact facility of this website (see top of page) and I will pass it on to him.