posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 03:41 AM
Oh the day keeps getting better and better. Here is a classic example of the governments agencies slamming the door after the horse has bolted, yet
First of all, the people already know that there are massive queues at customs, because there have been news articles on the BBC, Sky News, the
papers, and the web. Hushing it up, and preventing people from documenting the situation would have been a lousy thing to do anyway, but doing so
after the news is out is not just a poor PR choice, but a devastating waste of resources.
Another thing is this... There is only ONE reason why there are such massive queues at customs at the moment, and it is that singular truth that has
the UKBA so worried. The fact is that the cuts to thier budget mean that the managers and chairpersons of the organisation had to make some hard
choices not so long back. The choice was essentially, either allow the upper management of the UKBA to take a massive (but no where near crippling)
pay cut, or cut a few hundred jobs. Obviously, they chose what any self respecting manager would choose, and cowered behind thier contracts, while
reducing the workforce in one of the most understaffed border agencies in the world, and preventing the required number of customs officials from
being stationed at thier desks.
The results speak for themselves. I do wonder however, exactly how it is that the UKBA have the gall to demand an informational blackout surrounding
this story. For one thing, it is not in thier power as far as I am aware to order any one to do anything, unless it directly involves thier work. They
have no power to prevent the media from reportage on any given topic, they have no right to demand that any organisation behave in any particular
fashion, except where thier orders refer to a point of immigration and customs and excise law. They are not part of the intelligence services, nor do
they have any actual control over BAA, so exactly how the hell have they managed to enact this tyranny?
And under what legislation would the UKBA or BAA be allowed to prevent people from documenting thier travel expirience anyway? I do not believe that
either organisation has the power to prevent private persons from going about thier business in any way they see fit, as long of course, as they are
not breaking the law. So what were they thinking here exactly ?? "Oh , just stop them using thier phones, thier cameras, thier iPads, and anything
else they might have, and we will deal with the lawsuits later!".
I would advise every citizen of this once great kingdom, to write to thier MP demanding an explanation of the UKBA's secretive behaviour, and the
resignation of the entire management of it, on the grounds that they have been behaving like Stalinist dictators. Thats the soft version. I would
personally like to see these control freaks ground into the dust under very large heels.