Show me how much money you have in your wallet

There you are, walking down a street in a town where nobody knows you and not a care in the world. A policeman approaches you and stops you. You are wondering why he's stopped you ... why should he?  You have no criminal record, you definitely have not commited any offences, You are a law-abiding citizen going about your lawful business so what could he possibly want? He definitely doesn't know you.

He then asks you how much cash is your wallet. No, this isn't a joke, he wants to know how much cash you have in your wallet. Sorry ladies but this policeman may ask you how much cash you have in your handbag.

Oh, l forgot to tell you that you are in the UK and not some Banana Republic. lf you are fortunate enough to have £1000 or over, this policeman may then detain you because he 'suspects' that your money maybe proceeds of crime even though he's never met you before in his life and knows absolutely nothing about you.

Far-fetched? can't possibly happen? Ask Mr Mellor, the ex-cabinet minister, and he'll tell you different.

Welcome to the UKBA! .... and people still believe there isn't a police state!


  1. Just being David Mellor ought to be a crime SH, and as for his money....

    This is yet another way of making sure people deal only in plastic, pretty soon ALL cash will be reserved to the black market economy and will not be accepted anywhere except there, after all it is worthless anyway!

  2. Believe me,going through Checkpoint Charlie
    in 70s Berlin was not as traumatic as going through UK ports and airports. What is happening to UK citizens at arrival points in
    their own country is a total and unacceptable
    disgrace,Anyone who aggees with this insult to
    democracy needs their bollocks or ovaries well
    and truly marinating.

    The Lone Stranger

  3. Cards are control, lndy. l don't have any.

    Lone Stranger or indeed departure points.


"In the eyes of the Tribunal the review letter contained several preconceptions, prejudgments and non-sequiturs"

"the absurdity of this reason is demonstrated by simply stating it"

"We therefore find that Mr Sked misdirected himself as to the Policy in carrying out the review and his decision is therefore one that no reasonable review officer could have arrived at."

... commonly known here at N2D as 'Skeds' ... that is to say these are Judges comments regarding UKBA Review Officer Ian Sked's reasons for rejecting peoples appeals against seizures.

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