The UK Border agency, that bunch of no-hopers who wave to illegal immigrants as they pass through and who help people-traffickers load their trucks, have declared that they have managed to stop 2800 'possible' criminals and seized five tons of tobacco.
Here is the list of what they have achieved -
It said that 18 of the suspects were apprehended in connection with murders, 27 with rapes, 29 with sex offences and 25 with violent crimes. It also claimed to have helped seize half-a-tonne of drugs, five tonnes of loose tobacco and nearly 7 million cigarettes since 2005.
So what's the odd one out in that list? Why, it's the one that isn't illegal, of course. There is no legal reason to stop anyone buying as much tobacco as they want in any EU country and bringing it here. It's only illegal to sell it when you get here (without paying tax and duty) and in the absence of any proof that you intend any such thing, it's not legal for the border highwaymen to steal it.
But, as Smoking Hot repeatedly points out, they do it all the time.
So how many of those 2800 were actual criminals? Looking at the figures, it seems the UKBA is far more concerned with anti-tourism than anti-terrorism. If you leave the country you are a suspect now.
The antismokers must feel so proud of themselves.
As for me, as I said before, oblivion beckons.