Not quite bollocks?

John Ward’s blog is frequently more than a bore, but he does hit targets — in the same mode as a broken watch has to be right twice a day.

He has, this morning, come up with just a one:

Banned journalist and Haut la Garenne investigator Leah McGrath Goodman continues to encounter Government foot-dragging after her visa rights in Britain were abruptly removed three months ago.

Leah submitted her visa request on 30th November 2012. There’s been no response, and this is the third application to re-enter the UK since being banned in September 2011. 90% of UK visa applications are cleared within 21 days, so clearly some heavy-hitters in the small orifice admiration protectorate (SOAP) do not want the application to go through.

Ward implies that obstructing Ms Goodman, who is sniffing at the dubious doings at , is all part of a great cover-up of the élite’s grubby secret. Yes, indeed, Ward is one of the few keyboard-artists to have discovered alt+e = é.

Ms Goodman is, as far as one can see, a decent and worthy journalist. She was the subject of an early-day motion by LibDem MP, John Hemming, last September:

That this House notes that an American journalist and author, Leah McGrath Goodman, has been banned from the UK Common Travel Area and refused a visa to visit Jersey; further notes that her objective was to investigate allegations of a cover-up following well-founded charges of decades-long child abuseat Jersey care home Haut de la Garenne; further notes that she had a clean immigration and travel record as a former Tier-1 visa holder and resident of the UK; further notes that there were no problems with the immigration service until she told them what she was intending to write about; and further notes that a Jersey-elected politician, Trevor Pitman, has tabled an electronic petition on Change.org calling for her to be granted a visa by the UK Border Agency so thatshe might continue her research in Jersey and write about matters in the Crown Dependency.

Which says it all.

Perhaps, not quite.

Malcolm had this from his MP, the equally LibDem MP (and minor minister), Lynne Featherstone:

Thank you for your email regarding Leah McGrath Goodman. I do appreciate your concerns over this issue. The UKBA have stated that “Ms Goodman was refused entry to the UK because we were not satisfied she was genuinely seeking entry as a visitor for the limited period she claimed. Further enquires showed that she attempted to mislead the Border Force officer about her travel plans and the reason she required entry to the UK.”

However, I am more than happy to represent your concerns to my colleagues in Government and as such I have written to Mark Harper, the Minister for Immigration, outlining your concerns and asking for him to address them. I shall get back to you as soon as I receive his response.

That takes us to the Guardian of 28th June last year, which has that UKBA statement in full, followed by:

Goodman disputes this. She said: “To date, the UK Border Force can do little more than accuse me of intending to possibly commit a future transgression, as it has been forced to admit there has been none. This has been a bit like the film Minority Report, in that I am being pursued for something that hasn’t actually taken place. As a former Tier-1 visa holder with a spotless record, I was surprised to be locked up, denied legal representation and banned from a country for which I’ve always held the highest respect. I have never misled the UK Border Force, nor have I ever intended to. I do realise it is a delicate situation, but I hope I might finish my work.”

Without any smidgeon of doubt, there has been astounding obfuscation about those very strange doings in the State of Jersey, which included a kangaroo-court sacking of the senior police officer (refer to that Guardian report) and subsequent serial “light-touch” court action and investigation. As Malcolm said elsewhereIndeed, fishier than Grimsby dockside.

In the present snowstorm of allegations about child-abuse at high levels, this one cannot and should not be “vanished”

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