Priti Patel Signs Order to Extradite Julian Assange to US over Espionage Charges

The Home Office has this morning confirmed Priti has ordered Julian Assange’s extradition to the US to face espionage charges. A Home Office spokesperson said:

“Under the Extradition Act 2003, the Secretary of State must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds to prohibit the order being made. Extradition requests are only sent to the Home Secretary once a judge decides it can proceed after considering various aspects of the case. On 17 June, following consideration by both the Magistrates Court and High Court, the extradition of Mr Julian Assange to the US was ordered. Mr Assange retains the normal 14-day right to appeal. In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange. Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that whilst in the US he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.”

Expect this to go to appeal…

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Home Office Civil Servants Mutiny Over Rwanda

The internal resistance against the Home Office’s Rwanda policy is now spilling out into the open. After Guido revealed civil servants were using an internal forum to discuss ways of undermining the policy – with some complaining it was affecting their mental health and considering strike action – the civil service mandarins have now created a Twitter account and campaign page to try and halt deportations ahead of the first flight set for 14th June. This breaking just a day after lefty lawyers announced they were also trying to block the move…

The staffers’ Twitter account, dubbed “Our Home Office“, was set up last month, although it’s only in the last week or so that it’s ramped up its output and started attracting attention. It’s gained around 2,000 new followers in the last 48 hours. As expected, it’s full of self-congratulatory bilge about how “respectful, compassionate, courageous and collaborative” its anonymous members are, and encouraging more civil servants to sign up for its mailing list and join the resistance:

The “repressed world” of the Home Office? These are unelected bureaucrats with a duty to remain impartial and enact government policy. The only people in the department with a democratic mandate are the ministers.

They’re also leaving “refugees welcome” stickers outside Home Office buildings across the country, as if a few love hearts stuck to bins will change government policy. Here’s one outside the UK Visa & Immigration centre in Sheffield…

A Home Office source tells Guido:

“The majority of officials are hard working and diligent but currently being undermined by a small cabal determined to frustrate the policies of the government of the day.”

Five days until the first flight is due to take off…

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EXCLUSIVE: Home Office Civil Service Enemies Within Propose Strikes in Rwandan Rebellion

Home Office civil servants used an officially organised online consultation this afternoon to discuss the recently-announced Rwanda policy, asking how to potentially block the move, comparing themselves to Nazis “only obeying orders”, proposed going on strike and questioned how to deal with their mental health in light of the policy. It shows conclusive evidence of the scale of left-wing opposition facing Patel and the government from within the civil service. It follows news from the weekend that Patel had to issue a ministerial direction to force the policy through.

The comments unearthed by Guido, from the departmental forum, came despite an official warning to participants to abide by their commitment to civil service neutrality. On this point one mandarin said “being impartial is one thing, however should we not be afforded the opportunity to challenge policies we can clearly see are a disaster waiting to happen?” Multiple comments bemoaned the effect the Home Office’s latest policy directive was having on their mental health, as well as the problem of saying what their job is around fellow liberal metropolitan friends…

This is the scale of opposition Priti Patel is facing at the moment from the enemies within, despite her and her fellow ministers being the only people in the department with democratic mandates. While Jacob Rees-Mogg and Simon Clarke are publicly promising to cull the number of civil servants, Guido can see a very obvious place the start…

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Home Office Insisting Civil Servants Indicate Pronouns

The Free Speech Union has written to Matthew Rycroft, the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, to complain about a directive to Home Office staff to include their pronouns in their email signatures. They are concerned that this instruction, which appears to be mandatory, is a form of compelled speech that violates the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the right to free speech (Articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights). They also argue it is a breach of the Equality Act.

Staff in the Visa, Status and Information Services department have been instructed to format their email signatures to include their pronouns on their email signatures:

Name (pronouns)
Job title
[Name of unit] | Visa, Status and Information Services
Customer Services Group | UK Visas and Immigration
Address/office location [on one line – e.g. Level 3, Foundry House, Sheffield]
T: +44 (0)XX XXXX XXXX
M: +44 (0)XX XXXX XXXX

OUR VSI Our People Our Operations Our Customers

This is they have been told because of “the wider cultural changes” taking shape in the department. The Free Speech Union is asking the Home Office’s Permanent Secretary to ensure that no employee is penalised for refusing to include their pronouns in their email signatures and to make it clear to civil servants that stating pronouns on email signatures is not, and must not become, mandatory. They are hopeful of success because Matthew Rycroft has not included his pronouns on his official biography

See: Letter to Home Office from Free Speech Union

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Government Spends Over £20,000 on Domino’s for Migrants in Three Months

The Home Office has spent £20,753.57 on luxury Domino’s pizzas for migrants in the last three months, according to official figures released today. The latest data release for September 2021 shows over £10,000 spent in one month alone, following £3,300 in August and a £6,700 splurge in July. In October, the Dover Independent Monitoring Board found the migrant camp at Dover dock to be overstretched and unsuitable, despite the migrants’ culinary taxpayer-funded treats…

According to the spending receipts, the Civil Service are approving the expensive pizza deliveries because Tug Haven “is a tent in a car park so therefore [there are no] other means of feeding them”. Guido struggles to believe this defence…

According to Google Maps, the nearest pizza takeaway to the camp is ‘Big Boyz Pizza’, which offers two margaritas for just £7.99. Dominos, by contrast, will run you almost £33 for the same order. If Priti doesn’t crack down on this ludicrous state of affairs, it’ll surely create a Domino effect by wasting more taxpayer funds…

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Lammy at Odds with Labour Frontbench Over Deportation of Murderers and Rapists

David Lammy is once again claiming that the planned deportation of 50 criminals (of which only 11 were flown to Jamaica this week after a series of legal challenges) is “inhumane…in the wake of the Windrush Scandal”, and continuing to insist that the policy proves the government doesn’t think “black lives matter“. For what it’s worth, the 43 criminals reprieved this week had committed crimes including murder and rape, and their combined sentences totalled 245 years…

The problem for Lammy is it’s not just the Home Office advocating the deportation policy: Labour are also apparently on-board with it. This week, shadow immigration minister Bambos Charalambous claimed the party supports it in principle, saying: “Clearly, violent and dangerous offenders who have forfeited their right to remain in the UK should be removed.” This shouldn’t really be a surprise. After all, the policy was implemented under a Labour government back in 2007…

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