The BBC reports today that foreign students who overstay their visas will no longer be automatically deported unless they have broken other UK laws during their stay. Most would think this is a perfectly reasonable policy which will cause minimum disruption to the studies of thousands of law-abiding, hard working students, who often only miss the visa renewal deadline by a few days, or due to administrative errors.
But not dear old David Davis! The view of he and his party is that “It is astonishing that warped government priorities are dictating that our immigration authorities turn a blind eye to those with no right to stay in the UK”. Is this not a bit harsh on the majority of hard working students who pay huge fees to come here, contributing greatly to our universities’ funding and bringing a wonderful cultural diversity to our campuses, whose only error was not filling out a form on time? Compassionate Conservatism is clearly still going strong.