AS Putin forces 40,000 Ukrainians into slave labour in rundown parts of Russia, our utterly useless Home Office continues to shamefully tie up those hoping to flee to Britain in reams of red tape.
At the same time it is spending tens of millions on hotel rooms and Dominos pizzas for up to 1,000 Channel-crossing migrants per day.Priti Patel increasingly looks like a hostage to her own officials’ utter incompetence[/caption]
As hard-pressed tax-payers we are getting the worst of both worlds.
Our civil servants are neither helping to solve the moral crisis of Ukraine nor keeping our borders secure.
Just what is going on?
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For years it has been our worst performing Government department.
There is no major problem which cannot be made worse by its working-from-home mandarins.
Either she has sound ideas which are being thwarted from within or she has run out of them.
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This madness can’t carry on.
It may be time to dismantle our failing Home Office entirely and start again.
Wills of change
PRINCE William and Kate are used to criticism.
But the adverse publicity from their tour of the Caribbean has clearly stung.
Aides of the couple insist that they only agreed to stand atop a Land Rover Defender — images of which sparked claims of colonialism — at the behest of a Jamaican general.
Other outdated events were seemingly drawn up by Palace officials who appear not to have foreseen trouble.
William — a reformer and modernist — has clearly been hurt by suggestions he and Kate are deeply out of touch.
He rightly wants a slimmed down PR operation when he is Prince of Wales.
That his father currently employs a staff of 137 is patently unnecessary.
What the “Cambridge Way” ultimately means for the Monarchy remains to be seen.
And there are questions over how helpful it is to now suggest that William may not lead the Commonwealth when he is King?
One thing is for sure, though.
Royal tours will never be the same again.
WHAT kind of dumb Premier League star sees the shock and outrage over Kurt Zouma kicking a cat and thinks taking part in a tug of war with a mistreated tiger is a good idea?
Turns out the answer is Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell.
Zouma has already suffered a barrage of abuse from the terraces.
Now Chilwell faces being thrown to the lions, too.
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