Neverending corruption

There are constant tales doing the rounds about the way immigrants fool the system in order to stay, pass their driving tests, apply for extra benefits, pass medicals even exams. Some are anecdotal, others appear to be the plain unvarnished truth…


The Home Office has suspended English language tests run by a major firm after BBC Panorama uncovered systematic fraud in the student visa system.
Secret filming of government-approved English exams needed for a visa showed entire rooms of candidates having the tests faked for them.
The English Testing Service – which sets the exams – is one of the largest language testing firms in the world.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the BBC’s evidence was “very shocking”.
For the last year, Panorama has been filming undercover, following a network of agents helping people obtain student visa extensions through fraud.
Each year, around 100,000 non-EU students get their visas to stay in the UK extended.

The student visa system has been a way to gain access (and vanish) to the UK since it was allowed to be expanded by the previous Labour government.  Since then a flood of students have come in from various non-EU countries on very flimsy educational contracts and a good few it seems have vanished or as in the case above had their visa extended because someone else took their test for them.

I don’t know why Theresa May found it shocking, it’s certainly no surprise to me or probably a large percentage of the indigenous population who have known about these scams for years.

Essentially a lot of these schools hit on a money making racket to get students to pay upfront for an education yet did not check to see what happened when they got here and dropped off the system. The whole system was lax from top to bottom and was simply a way for illegal immigrants to get into the UK and vanish in the hope (a pretty good one) that the Border Agency never caught up with them.

Again and again it appears that our immigration service and border controls are not fit for purpose as it appears anyone can simply waltz into the country on some sort of visa and then vanish or in the case of the schools get someone else to do the test for you to extend your stay.

It appears not a day goes by where a story about immigrants (illegal or otherwise) hits the headlines about them abusing the system. A common sense approach would have been instant deportation and citizenship revoked for them should they be caught and convicted of committing a crime say within the first ten years of their residency and instant no questions asked deportation if they are here illegally or under a temporary visa.

However we do not live under a common sense system, we live under a legalistic one undermined by the Human Rights Act.

We’re storing up a mass of trouble for future generations and still we fiddle whilst Rome burns…

3 comments for “Neverending corruption

  1. James Strong
    February 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I agree with your suggestions about deportation.
    How about prosecuting the exam centre?
    Punish these criminals and use the punishment as a deterrent against potential criminals in the same field.

  2. Viscount Rectum
    February 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What is corruption?the Danes slaughter a Giraffe because of EU regulations. billions given away by this government in aid while the people who they took the money from are being ruined being denied a decent flood defence system, there is nothing corrupt while Blair is free.

  3. February 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    It will continue and slide even further down the road to perdition until the tens of thousands of civil servants who administer the schemes – this and many others – are summarily dismissed and their pensions stripped from them; and the politicians who introduce and oversee the ‘laws’ and regulations are jailed for treason, also being stripped of any pensions and entitlements; and the heads of the Departments and the Ministers are deported, jailed, executed or whatever is the most appropriate sentence.

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