The judge said, "Your case illustrates all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy that exists ... in this country. People like you, and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people like you, come to these shores from foreign countries to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits that exist here.
"In the past 10 years the national debt of this country has risen to extraordinary heights, largely because central government has wasted billions and billions of pounds. Much of that has been wasted on welfare payments.
"For every £1 that the decent citizen, who is hard-working, pays in taxes in this country, nearly 10 per cent goes on servicing that national debt. That is twice the amount it was in 1997 when this government came to power.”
McClearley, of Edge Hill, Liverpool, arrived in Britain in 2001 on a visitor’s visa.
He was arrested the following October after staying beyond the term of the visa but sought asylum and was released while this was pending. The application was rejected in 2004, but he was only arrested in February.
To the good judge's remarks this blog can only add: hear, hear!
Link: Daily Telegraph