New Labour apparatchik falls foul of her own law:
Baroness Patricia Scotland broke the law when she employed a woman who, it turns out, was not legally entitled to work in Britain. A law she should know about: not just because she was one of the youngest ever QCs, nor because now, as Attorney General, she is the government’s own in-house lawyer, but because she was a minister in the Home Office when the law was passed.
She says she did nothing wrong. She maintains that she took all reasonable steps to ascertain the status of her employee. I believe her. And even if there was more that she could have done, as a private person with a very busy life to lead – what with the vast, ill-scrutinised chunks of legislation it was her job to coax through an often sceptical House of Lords – her failure to pursue her Polynesian housekeeper with the dedication of a full-time immigration officer is only to be expected. One might even call it admirable. I mean, what sort of demented control-freak naturally assumes everyone they come across is a probable criminal out to cheat the system?
Oh yes, I forgot. New Labour.
Lady Scotland did everything that might naturally be expected of her. The trouble is, under the typically mean-spirited, illiberal, guilty-until-proven-innocent law she helped put onto the statute book, acting like a rational human being is no defence.
If they was any justice in this world, Baroness Scotland would be prosecuted. But in reality, it’s one law for New Labour apparatchiks and one law for everyone else, so she almost certainly won’t be.