In another case of a government’s administration being overwhelmed by the practical implementation of it’s leader’s unrealistic demands, the Guardian reports that the UK’s new border controls are so inept and over-stretched that they’re creating a threat to national security.

Members of the new Unified Border Force, unveiled by Gordon Brown this summer as a major new counter-terrorism initiative, claim they are being asked to perform key roles such as passenger profiling with less than three hours’ training. And customs staff at the port of Purfleet in the Thames Gateway, who have been ordered to carry out vehicle searches previously done by immigration officers, say checks are down by 50 per cent because of insufficient preparation.

This reminds of of my previous post about France’s lawyers, police and judges being overwhelmed and ultimately crippled by the Sarkozy administration’s insane goal of 25,000 deportations by the end of 2007. One of the most potent arguments I keep running across against draconian immigration controls is that, simply put, and logistically speaking, it can’t be done! Best to invest time and money on dealing with immigrants when they arrive (and oh, it does take resources – remember the Cambridgeshire constable’s plea?) than to waste it trying to keep them on their side of the border.

As one critic of Gordon Brown and this new policy of his pointed out, and as seems to be the case with many of these anti-immigration (or anti-drug or anti-crime) programs, it’s all about looking good, looking tough on the problem, without fixing anything. Said David Davis, the Tory shadow Home Secretary, “This shows the extent to which Gordon Brown is interested in grabbing headlines not solving problems.” Same old story.

Advertisements