In the Annals Of Government Efficiency this one will take some beating. The Home Office has decided to deport a pair of twins. Well, fair enough perhaps, they’re both just coming out of jail and why not get shot of them? Except they’re being deported to different countries. On different criteria of where they should be deported to. And even after that they’re making an error:
Twins who were born in London and have never left the UK face deportation to different countries in the Caribbean where they have no close relatives, their families have told the Guardian.
Darrell Roberts, 24, has been issued with a deportation notice informing him that the Home Office plans to send him to the Dominican Republic following a prison sentence, even though he has no connection with the country. He believes officials named it in error; his father was born on the island of Dominica.
His twin brother, Darren Roberts, has been warned he faces deportation to Grenada – the country where his mother was born – when he finishes his own jail sentence, according to his partner.
The deportation doesn’t cause me all that much heartache I have to admit. But the getting the name of the damn country wrong makes me worry about the British government and it’s reputation for having a clue.
But this isn’t the end of the screw ups, not at all:
The brothers were taken into the care of social services when they were 13 after the deaths from cancer in quick succession of their mother and later of the uncle who looked after them when she died. Their father had moved abroad before their mother’s death and they have had no contact with him for decades. Neither parent had British citizenship.
The twins’ siblings have said they believe Ealing social services, in west London, was negligent for failing to organise citizenship when they were children.
Yep, the reason they’re not citizens is a government screw up to begin with.
The real worry here is of course that there are people out there who, quite seriously, think that this clown show of government should have more power over our lives. Instead of, say, the bloodied machete, bottle of petrol and lighted taper solution.