When I was on the Richard Bacon Show last night the news came through that Baroness Scotland was in trouble for employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper. I made the point that if she was an American politician her resignation would follow within 24 hours but I doubted that would happen here. Now, I am not so sure. Her defence was that she had seen documents which appeared to prove the status of the housekeeper. But as Guido points out, that isn't actually a defence in a court of law. And if she isn't prosecuted, won't that set a precedent for other employers who, through maybe no fault of their own, find themselves in the same position. One rule for the rulers and one rule for everyone else?
Also, it is said that the woman concerned had been paying tax and has a National Insurance number. She was originally here on a student visa. Shouldn't there be a system for NI numbers to become invalid once a visa runs out? It's called joined up government.