Feeds

Home Office minister owned by own rules

Pardon me, ma'am, is this your petard?

The Power of One Infographic

Home Office minister and Attorney General Baroness Scotland - the government's chief law officer and the woman who put in place rules making businesses take the blame for employing illegal immigrants - has been caught apparently employing, er, an illegal immigrant.

The Baroness has now terminated the employment of her housekeeper, originally from Tonga. The Home Office was unwilling to comment this morning but the rules, which she pushed through Parliament, seem quite clear.

This section of the BusinessLink website explains what excuses a person can use in order to avoid the £10,000 fine.

The site explains: "You are not expected to be an expert on forged documents. All you need to do is conduct simple - but careful - visual checks without the need for training or technological aids, to satisfy yourself that the document(s) presented are genuine." The site includes a link to two lists of appropriate documents.

You need to have not only seen documents, as Baroness Scotland claims, but also made either a photocopy or, if you're really up to date, scanned and saved them "on a non-rewritable disk, eg CD-R or DVD-R".

Simples, no?

We're quite sure Baroness Scotland will have followed these easy steps, just like she expects the rest of the country to do, and therefore will be able to clear up this misunderstanding no problem.

In more bad news for the Baroness, Gordon Brown's spokesman said last night that she had the prime minister's full confidence. This political kiss of death has previously been bestowed upon Jacqui Smith, Peter Hain and Hazel Blears. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.