Goodbye and Good Riddance to UKBA!

Very soon the name UKBA will be confined to the history books. Thank god for that!

What was the UKBA will now become the UK Visas and Immigration AND Immigration Enforcement. Beginning in Mar 2012 the UKBA has finally split up into 3. lt began in Mar 2012 when the border Custom and Immigration entry operations of UKBA was hived off to form Border Force. Now the rest of UKBA has been split into 2. No longer agencies but now commands under Home Office control.

Now all we need is for Border Force to be split into 2 to Customs and Immigration/Passport Control. The Customs section can then amalgamate with hiving off Customs (responsible for UK Inland Excise issues) from HMRC. We could then call them what? ... how about HM Customs & Excise! What is left of HMRC we could call what? ... how about lnland Revenue!

Then we'll be back to square one as it was in 2005. At least in those days you knew who you were speaking to and who was responsible for what ... and more importantly you could contact them!

These past 8 years where all these changes have taken place has been a total disaster. lt isn't finished yet but one can hope we get to the point where Customs are indeed Customs and not a half baked mish mash of Border Force officers either being trained in Customs  ... or Immigration .... or both.

Perhaps then we could also have a Customs Complaints Dept that isn't staffed by 'coffee machines' ? The current Border Force Complaints Dept is a complete travesty and doesn't hold a candle to HMRC'S Complaint Dept. HMRC's Complaints Dept is staffed by real people, with contact names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Border Force Complaints Dept is still inanimate objects spewing out the same responses regardless of what complaint you have from Ivory Towers!


  1. Old chinese proverb-
    If you wait by the river long enough, you'll see the bodies of all your enemies float past.
    Yeah, I know, a bit hyperbolic, but, y'know. Like.

    I still think the serial spectacular failures of every organisation on the border, are just a deliberate softening-up process to get us to accept the whole business being eventually contracted out to G4S or Sercor.

    1. Can you imagine G4S handling UK customs with their record. No staff turning up and people driving through, for personal use, transit vans full of baccy.

  2. Totally irrelevant to the topic, but I'm just checking that tonight's contact form you was real.

    Call me paranoid (I've been called worse) but spam at my place is through the roof in the last few days and I know you've been spoofed elsewhere, as have I in the past.

    Summat's up, so just checking ;)

    1. Yes, it certainly was me. Use our forum for further communication if you wish ... assuming that it is you who is a member! lol

      ... or e-mail me

  3. Okay. Email on the way.

    Yes, it's me on the forum although I haven't been on any forums lately - too much work!

  4. It is clear that whoever they are revel in the fact that they can be somebody else and therefore not directly accountable.

    (I noticed this in one of the audio pieces. It seemed convenient to deny who they were.)

    I just wonder. You can be a convicted Somali rapist and get better treatment than some Brit with a bagful of fags. Something is wrong. Let us hope that Nigel can make plans for us.


"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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