The government said in a recent policy announcement that it plans to toughen the maximum sentences for illegally entering the UK (see statement, p.4).
The statute book is full to bursting with criminal offences relating to immigration control, from entering the UK illegally to renting property to an illegal migrant. However, most are rarely prosecuted, with an average of just 625 prosecutions per year between 2017 and 2019.
Meanwhile, there was only a 14% conviction rate for offences prosecuted at Magistrates’ Court between 2014 and 2018 (with only an average of 69 people found guilty each year despite 500 prosecutions at that level each year).
And a new parliamentary answer to a questionby our President – Lord Green of Deddington – shows that there were only an average of 71 people charged each year between 2016 and 2020 under a statutory provision which makes illegal entry and overstaying a criminal offence (Section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971– see full answer below).
There were nearly 50,000 illegal entrants detected in the UK between 2018 and 2021 (see our brief). And there were between 60,000 and 65,000 reports of immigration and commodity abuse by members of the public to the Home Office each year during that period (Home Office statistics).
There were 114,000 convictions of UK residents for TV licence fee evasion in 2019 (Ministry of Justice data). In contrast there have been less than 50 convictions for illegal entry or overstaying under Section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the past four years (2018-2021).
2. Where the Orwellian idea of communist governments enforcing 2+2=5 is made flesh:
No one believes this. https://t.co/wAhqym5Qqa
— J.E. Dyer (@OptimisticCon) April 17, 2021
It is true because the party says its true. And you will not just repeat it. You will believe it. And you will believe it because the party tells you it is true.
3. Bari Weiss was an editor at the NYT until it got too communist, even for her. She famously resigned with an open letter to the Times which was a major vindication to all of us that knew the NYT was enemy propaganda, and made no difference at all to people who staple their consumption of it to their base identity. The following link is to another article of hers about a letter of a father of a student who pulled his daughter out of a public school and wrote his own open letter.
I was planning to publish a roundup today of the many thoughtful responses to Paul Rossi’s essay. I’m going to save that post for Sunday, because I was just sent this letter that has my jaw on the floor. It was written by a Brearley parent named Andrew Gutmann.
If you don’t know about Brearley, it’s a private all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It costs $54,000 a year and prospective families apparently have to take an “anti-racism pledge” to be considered for admission. (In the course of my reporting for this piece I spoke to a few Brearley parents.)
Gutmann chose to pull his daughter, who has been in the school since kindergarten, and sent this missive to all 600 or so families in the school earlier this week. Among the lines:
If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity,” it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets. If the administration was genuinely serious about “diversity,” it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students, and their families, to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
I’m pasting the whole thing below.
Meantime, I’m going to ask Andrew Gutmann to join Paul Rossi and me for our subscriber-only conversation this coming Tuesday night. I hope he’ll join. Details about that event will be in Sunday’s post.
4. While on the subject of the NYT, Tucker Carlson opens with the double narrative about Afghanistan. How the Times made up stuff to stop Trump from pulling troops out of Afghanistan, then explained that the allegations may not be solid enough to act on, so Biden can pull the troops out. Below, the whole episode. As a bonus, just after 30 minutes, there is more stuff on the US military talking about UFOs which increasingly look like its gonna be the next Y2K, or global warming. As usual, the footage of the objects look like they were shot on a 1990s Motorola Flip phone.
5. Some of the new police powers in Ontario
6. This analysis of the events of January 6 in Washington DC is reflective of all the videos I have seen of that day.
Thank you Johnny U., PC., M., Richard, MarcusZ1967, Coram Deo, and MANY more who are trying to understand the nature of today’s reality, no matter how painful it may be to what we believed, or wanted it to be.