Senior minister Priti Patel reignites row

The Bar Council’s sassy response to the federal government’s newest assault on attorneys has gone viral in a single day.

A tweet telling Priti Patel, the Dwelling Secretary, to “#ChangeTheRecord” after she once more sniped at “activist attorneys” has been shared hundreds of occasions because it was posted at 9pm final night time.

Ministers and attorneys have been locking horns over the problem of authorized rights for migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats. Final week, the Dwelling Workplace deleted a tweet attacking “activist lawyers” serving to folks problem their removing from the UK after the division’s prime civil servant deemed it inappropriate for a authorities account.

However Priti Patel shouldn’t be a civil servant and has determined to maintain stirring the pot. Final night time she — or no matter particular adviser runs her Twitter account — tweeted that “removals proceed to be annoyed by activist attorneys”.

Giving proof to MPs yesterday, a Dwelling Workplace official complained about “last-minute authorized challenges” to migrants being eliminated that meant “we had been in courtroom till 2 o’clock within the morning” the earlier night time.

High immigration lawyer Sonia Lenegan told the Times (£) that this was right down to lack of authorized support making it troublesome for migrants to discover a lawyer at an earlier stage. “For a lot of, the primary time they see a lawyer is within the detention centre, so the Dwelling Workplace shouldn’t be shocked that circumstances come up on the final minute,” she mentioned.

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Patel’s renewed assault on Lenegan and her colleagues sparked fury among the many occupation. Derek Bernardi of Camden Neighborhood Legislation Centre mentioned that the federal government was “proudly displaying their contempt for the rule of regulation”.

Whereas housing guru Giles Peaker referred to as it “horseshit”.

However some nervous that the authorized Twitterati had been falling right into a political lure. Human rights barrister Adam Wagner mentioned “beware the framing!”, warning that Patel might be joyful for public consideration to be targeted on attorneys moderately than refugees. Immigration regulation weblog Free Motion tweeted merely: “simply ignore her”.