Richard Littlejohn of the MailOnline reports than some small degree of sanity may be seeping into British society.
Warming to his theme, the judge added: "In the past ten years the national debt of this country has risen to extraordinary heights, largely because central government has wasted billions and billions of pounds. Much of that has been wasted on welfare payments."Sentencing a Jamaican drugs dealer to two years in jail, Judge Ian Trigger told him: 'Your case illustrates all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy that exists in this country.
'People like you - and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people like you - come to these shores from foreign countries to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits that exist here.'
Lucien McClearley was arrested by police in Liverpool after bags of cannabis were found in a stolen car he was driving. A subsequent search of his house uncovered a further stash worth £7,200, a gram of cocaine and a fake passport.
As the judge correctly observed, 31-year old McClearley's case is a classic example of Britain's chaotic immigration system. It not only illustrates the deliberate dismantling of border controls by Labour, but also the near impossibility of deporting anyone who is in the country illegally.
McClearley came here in 2001 on a tourist visa. He was arrested the following October after his visa ran out.
Following his detention, he then played his Joker - the ubiquitous Get Out Of Jail Free card which has allowed countless foreign nationals with no legitimate claim to be here to live in Britain indefinitely.
He applied for asylum and was immediately released. It took a further two years for a decision on his application, which gives you some idea of how overloaded the system is.
Judge Trigger said: 'The fact that it took nearly two years to process your claim shows how desperate the situation in this country has become.'
Even though his bogus application was rejected in 2004, McClearley was able to stay in Britain. He simply 'disappeared from the radar', Liverpool Crown Court heard. And there appears to have been no serious attempt to track him down.
McClearley was arrested in February only after Merseyside police officers stopped a car he was driving and noticed it stank of dope.
He admitted taking a vehicle without consent, possessing cannabis and cocaine, possessing a class-B drug with intent and two counts of having false identity documents.
Although he has been sentenced to two years, he could be out in months, taking into account time served on remand and deducted for good behaviour. But don't bank on him being deported back to Jamaica on his release from jail.
If he's got any sense, McClearley will claim he's a homosexual and will face persecution if he's sent home.
Don't laugh. It's worked for another Jamaican drugs dealer. She's just won her appeal against deportation on the grounds that she's a lesbian.
I told you about the case a few weeks ago. The woman - who we're not even allowed to identify on human rites grounds - had a string of boyfriends before her conviction in 2005. (More...)