Why has the Home Office started calling people arrested “offenders”? Arrested – not charged, not tried, not found guilty but only so far arrested.
Innocent until proven guilty is meant to be the theory, and the Home Office should certainly know that.
Yet take a look at their press release about yesterday’s arrests of people accused of breaking immigration law:
Headline – Immigration offenders arrested in Home Office operations
Lead paragraph – Home Office enforcement teams have arrested 139 immigration offenders
Second paragraph – More than 130 immigration offenders have been arrested
Only when you get further down does that little matter of innocent until proven guilty raise its head and a “suspected” gets thrown in.
It’s a dreadful, sloppy and inaccurate piece of work by the Home Office – and something that should cause Nick Clegg and Lib Dem Home Office minister Jeremy Browne to act.