The announcement that Brodie Clark and other senior officials at the Border Agency have been suspended is dramatic, but in the past anything like this would have led to Ministerial resignations.

It certainly happened when Beverley Hughes unwittingly misled people over failures in the immigration service and issues about the (non-)deportation of foreign prisoners led to Charles Clarke leaving the Government in 2006.

So my guess is that Damian Green is spending a nervous weekend waiting for Number Ten’s call.

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