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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8260088.stm

Attorney General Baroness Scotland employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper, the Daily Mail newspaper has reported.

The government's chief legal adviser employed 27-year old Tongan Loloahi Tapui for six months, the paper said.

Her spokesman said the minister had employed the woman "in good faith", believing she was entitled to work in the UK. Ms Tapui has been dismissed.

Employers are under a duty to verify the status of their employees.

'Good faith'

Knowingly taking on somebody who is an illegal worker is punishable by a two-year prison sentence and an unlimited fine.

A spokesman for Baroness Scotland said she had "never knowingly employed an illegal immigrant".

"She hired Ms Tapui in good faith and saw documents which led her to believe that Ms Tapui was entitled to work in this country," the spokesman said.

He added that Ms Tapui, who is believed to have lived locally and been married to a UK national, was in registered employment before being taken on by the attorney general.

He added that the woman was registered for tax and national insurance prior to her being hired and that the attorney general had paid tax and national insurance on her wages.

"At no stage prior to the matter being raised did Baroness Scotland believe there was any question over Ms Tapui's entitlement to work."

"Ms Tapui has now been dismissed with immediate effect."

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: "This is a government that says all small employers should be prosecuted if they don't know the immigration status of their employees and yet we have senior ministers who can't be bothered to make the checks themselves.

"There is a real 'one rule for them, one rule for us' attitude at the heart of this government and it is a disgrace."

Baroness Scotland was appointed attorney general by Gordon Brown when he became prime minister in June 2007, becoming the first woman to hold the post.

Immigrant crackdown

In the role, she advises the government on issues of domestic and international law and attends cabinet when matters with major legal repercussions are discussed.

Prior to that she worked as a minister in the Home Office, during which time legislation cracking down on illegal migrants and imposing tougher penalties on business and individuals who employ them was passed.

Since February 2008, employers who negligently hire illegal workers have been liable for a maximum fine of £10,000 while those doing so knowingly face even harsher sanctions.

At the time, the then home secretary Jacqui Smith said the changes would make it easier for employers to carry out identity checks and would deter "slipshod recruitment methods".

Lady Scotland has been a minister since 1999, serving as well in the Foreign Office and the Lord Chancellor's Departments.

The BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson said the disclosures would be embarrassing for Mr Brown, given Baroness Scotland's seniority and her ministerial responsibilities.

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Despite her money, she was too tight to use an agency to get her a housekeeper who do all the checks for you. Even if they don't, you've moved the responsibility onto them.

Not that I have any support for agencies, generally they are leeches, but at least you wouldn't get egg on your face.

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Back in my immigration enforcement days we regularly used to nick illegals working for big cheeses and sometimes very close to home, including examples like these:

Michael Heseltine's office cleaners (when he was a minister)

Lunar House in Croydon (immigration HQ) cleaners and security guards

Our own office security guards

Occasionally a west african identity fraudster would become an Immigration Officer

" " " " " " " " a Metropolitan Poilce Officer (we usually got these while training at Hendon police college)

The funniest occasion I recall was when a colleague discovered that a police station custody suite cleaner was a Nigerian illegal. He timed the arrest and detention of this guy to perfection - he waited until he had cleaned the cells, then bunged him into one (at which point he no doubt wished he had done a better job of cleaning the vomit, pee etc)

They are everywhere.

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Occasionally a west african identity fraudster would become an Immigration Officer

:lol:

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Back in my immigration enforcement days we regularly used to nick illegals working for big cheeses and sometimes very close to home, including examples like these:

Michael Heseltine's office cleaners (when he was a minister)

Lunar House in Croydon (immigration HQ) cleaners and security guards

Our own office security guards

Occasionally a west african identity fraudster would become an Immigration Officer

" " " " " " " " a Metropolitan Poilce Officer (we usually got these while training at Hendon police college)

The funniest occasion I recall was when a colleague discovered that a police station custody suite cleaner was a Nigerian illegal. He timed the arrest and detention of this guy to perfection - he waited until he had cleaned the cells, then bunged him into one (at which point he no doubt wished he had done a better job of cleaning the vomit, pee etc)

They are everywhere.

Perfection.

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So have I got this right? Help me out here, I'm getting that peculiar floaty feeling again.

It happens when I notice that our overlords appear to live in a parallel dimension.

Is La Baronessa so insignificant that she is not "guided" on who she can employ, and can it be that whichever Whitehall cabal does these checks couldn't give a toss about non-vetted persons having access to either her person or any information left lying about? Wouldn't a thorough, professional deconstruction of every jot and tittle of documentation proffered by a potential employee be the first request of a prudent politician?

Or does Lady Jockland (wisely) distrust the natives, and reckoned instinctively that someone who looks like her was a safer bet, even though they appear, officially, to have just fallen off the moon? Seems that hospital porters or dinner ladies get more of a background check.

Are those responsible for all the War-on-Terror horseshit indicating either overtly or subconsciously that there is no such threat, because it would cramp their style (and cost them a few pennies more)?

Or, if I was someone who had cause to rattle these imbeciles' cages, say President Ramalamadingdong of Iran, I don't have to bother with nukes? Just chuck a ninja babysitter :ph34r: into the back of an artic. in Calais and let them find their own way to No. 10, where they'll be welcomed with open arms.

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Are those responsible for all the War-on-Terror horseshit indicating either overtly or subconsciously that there is no such threat, because it would cramp their style (and cost them a few pennies more)?

Cases like this just demonstrate how credible the terror threat to this country actually is - ie. if there was one, we'd all be dead already.

Re: Baroness Scotland, can't we just lynch the bitch? (note to MI5 - I'm just fantasising....)

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