Guido Gets Games Off

ukbaFollowing Guido’s revelations this morning that the UK Border Agency was paying arresting officers to play mixed-sex rugby rather than chase after illegal immigrants, a spokesperson, Tony Smith, told the Mail that: ‘This sporting event was inadvertently arranged outside the strict civil service rules. Contrary to reports it will now be taking place outside of office hours.  Any suggestion that staff could claim paid leave is absolutely wrong and staff have been notified accordingly.’

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance told the Press Association: “The fact that the Home Office thinks taxpayers should pay for their staff to scrum down in work hours is an absolute disgrace, and the fact we’re paying extra for their fun just adds insult to injury.”

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling is reported in the Indy as saying: “This is just not good enough. Our immigration system has been shambolic for years, and far too few people refused the right to stay here have actually been deported.   If this is symbolic of what is happening in the Home Office, then it really does need major changes.”

Students of government spin will be amused to know that Guido was called by a Home Officer press officer and reprimanded for “not going through the normal channels”As if…




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