May and Clark
After a period of slings and arrows, between UK Home Secretary Theresa May and the recently resigned Border Agency head, Brodie Clark, it was time to face the music.
Brodie Clark today, November 15, 2011, went before the Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK. By resigning from his post, rather than remaining suspended, Theresa May has been unable to stop him speaking out.
He obviously feels that he was being made a scapegoat and is not prepared to let this happen
The Committee is made up of MPs from all parties. Mr Clark told them "I introduced no additions to the Home Secretary's trial neither did I extend it or alter it in any way whatsoever." He went on to say "I was meticulous in ensuring that my top operational team and my senior port managers had complete clarity on the Home Secretary's requirements. Over the first month of the trial I reported weekly to the Home Secretary as she had required. Aside from teething issues, the trial delivered into the border business exactly as she had wished. I am no rogue officer; nothing could be further from the truth. I did not enlarge, extend or redefine the scope in any way. I have not willfully or knowingly sanctioned an alteration to border checks that has contravened existing Home Office policy."
Theresa May had blamed all the border agency failings on Mr Clark. Today as Parliament discussed the border agency fiasco. Theresa May was noticeable by her absence. One Labour front bencher was dressed down by a Tory when she challenged her absence. A Tory MP made a big deal about where Ms May actually was today and how important that meeting was.
That could be true but most people would think this UK Border farce was more pressing and demanded her attention. Ms May is not out of the woods yet and could still see her political career nosedive.
Mr Clark is adamant that he is not a rouge official and always behaved and acted within the rules. He said the Border Agency trial was run exatly as Ms May wanted. He accused her of ruining his established reputation with her accusations. It seems that some felt Clark would be happy to resign and fade away from possible problems. It seems he is not likely to go quietly nor take the wrap for the failings of others.
Good for him. His 40 year career was ended abruptly with accusations. His employers will now face a claim of constructive dismissal. Ms May handled the whole fiasco badly from the start. Perhaps now she wishes she had followed proper procedures and investigated the claims fully.