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Does the Dutch system allow the Immigration Minister to make personal decisions on the cases of people known to her? Using immigration law (possibly) as a weapon against a factional rival within her own party would surely be as wrong as to grant favourable treatment to a political ally.

Surely it would have been better for a civil servant to apply the law and administrative procedures fairly, so that justice could not only be done but be seen to be done.

by Gary J on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 04:28:22 PM EST
I shoulds also mention that, even if the actual decision taker was a civil servant, the speed with which the decision was taken strongly suggests that the Minister's interest in the case was well known.

One of the things that got David Blunkett (former prominent British Labour minister) into trouble, was having his private office contact the official dealing with his lovers nanny's immigration case. That resulted in an unusually speedy decision, but nowhere near as fast as the one being considered in this thread.

by Gary J on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 04:40:06 PM EST
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Yes, one would think that she would have been required to recuse herself on the basis of a conflict of interest. One would think that this must violate some type of conflict of interest regulations in place in the Netherlands for Civil Service and Ministerial discretion.

I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Norwegian Chef (hephaestion@surfbirder.com) on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 09:35:56 PM EST
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