Things are going from bad to worse for Britain’s Interior Ministry. It is emerged that more than 1,500 innocent people have been listed as criminals by the Criminal Records Bureau. In some cases it has led to people being turned down for jobs in positions of trust and responsibility.
Emma Budd was wrongly labelled as a convicted shoplifter and lost out on a position she was offered by a children’s charity: “To find out you’re a criminal, I felt like I was victimised. As soon as somebody finds out no-one really wants to know when it comes to jobs,” she says. Opposition MPs have blamed the Prime Minister for the blunder. The shadow Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, says Tony Blair must take ultimate responsibility: “The PM has put so many burdens on successive Home Secretary’s to pass often unnecessary legislation that the day to day administration of a difficult government department has been all but abandoned,” he says. The mix-up comes only weeks after the Interior Ministry admitted it had no idea how many illegal immigrants there are in Britain. The government is also still reeling from revelations that hundreds of foreign prisoners have been released without their deportation being considered.