‘Go Home’ Vans Could Be Introduced Across Britain, Says Immigration Minister

Matthew Holehouse, Telegraph (London), October 18, 2013

Controversial vans telling illegal migrants to leave country or face arrest could appear in more British cities, reveals Mark Harper.

‘Go Home’ vans could be introduced across Britain, the Immigration Minister has said.

The controversial vans, which carry posters telling illegal migrants to leave the country or face arrest, could appear in more British cities following a trial in London, Mark Harper said.

During July, they were driven around the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow for a week.

Labour accused ministers of “borrowing the language” used by the National Front in the 1970s.

The poster displayed a picture of handcuffs and read: “In the UK illegally?… GO HOME OR FACE ARREST.”

The Advertising Standards Agency has cleared the campaign of being offensive but ruled the statistics carried on the van were inaccurate.

Mr Harper said the vans would be rolled out to other areas if the pilot, which is now being evaluated, was deemed to be effective.

“I don’t see any problem with saying to people who have no right to be in the United Kingdom they can’t be here anymore,” he told BBC Question.

“If it’s successful we’ll look at rolling it out, if it’s not successful, we won’t,” he said.

The campaign caused tensions within the Coalition. Vince Cable, the business secretary, said it was “stupid and offensive”. Jeremy Browne, the home office minister who has since lost his job, said he would not allow them to come back.

Separately, a Home Office text message campaign accusing people of being illegal immigrants has received 140 complaints after some people were contacted in error.

Officials have sent messages to almost 40,000 people they suspect of not having a right to be in the UK, instructing them to contact border officials to discuss their immigration status.

Fourteen people had been incorrectly contacted, the Home Office said.

Ministers commissioned Capita, the outsourcing company, to trace people believed to have outstayed their visas.


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  • Don’t get too excited. My sense of this is that this is political advertising, a way for the Tories to co-opt the UKIP going in to the 2015 elections.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I’m just curious, how many illegal aliens in Britain can actually speak and read English? Perhaps these vans need an Arabic translation.

      • Sentinel9

        How many? Probably the white ones.

  • Spartacus

    “Labour accused ministers of “borrowing the language” used by the National Front in the 1970s.”


    They’re behind the times.

  • David Ashton

    ALL things considered, this is a welcome “gesture” however limited, especially when it brings its establishment opponents out into open.

    • MBlanc46

      Apparently there are some dissenters, judging from some of the posts here, but that was pretty much my reaction. For a Western government to make that sort of statement in public is a noticeable change.

  • Eddie Lutz

    It should read: In the UK illegally? Choke on a pork sausage and die.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Great idea. How about “Hey illegal Muslims! We are putting trace elements of pork in our water, and you need to show your passport to buy the bottled stuff.”

  • mobilebay

    Wouldn’t it be great if we had a load of these vans? They could keep 1-35 busy forever.

  • Greg Thomas

    They need to fill up the vans with illegals to have the most impact. Words are meaningless unless acted upon!

    • Reverend Bacon

      Are thinking about those Soylent Green “vans,” which looked more like garbage trucks? Yep, that would have impact.

  • OhWow


    But…that sounds mean!

  • DaveMed


  • leftists are delusional

    Yeah reminding illegals that they are “illegally” in the country is going to drive them away…. in laughter.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Perhaps, but here even that small step would be disallowed as racist, or insensitive, or some other Newspeak phrase for an “inconvenient truth.”

  • NYB

    The real solution would be to send an explicit order to the immigration bureaucracy and border police that, beginning immediately, no one is to be let into the country.

    Tell the minister responsible that he has supreme authority to secure the border, and he will be dismissed if he fails.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Good idea, but probably a bit impractical politically. For the US, I think we should tell the Mexican Government that we consider their dumping their excess population in our country is considered an act of war. And anyone who comes to their consulates or Embassy without proper documents for entry into the US will be instantly reported to ICE, and ICE will either deport them, imprison them, or shoot them on sight. Oh wait, that last bit could be a bit impractical as well. Nevermind.

  • me

    Politicizing the tragedy that is known as ‘multiculturalism’, and its failure, by the very group of British politicians that were largely responsible for the implementation of said policies, sickens me. The Tories and other slime that pushed for a ‘multicultural’ and borderless Britain should be exported, along with their ‘mistakes’.

  • IKantunderstand

    Just another BS public relations campaign. Signifying nothing. None of the people in power care anything about the indigenous Whites.NO! They don’t care what happens to our countries. NO! They don’t care that our Cathedrals are turned into mosques. NO! They don’t care that our museums are burned to the ground because they are not compliant with the Koran! NO they don’t care that Notre Dame is converted into a mosque! NO they do not care that Stonehenge is removed like the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. NO they do not care that all Western artistic treasures are destroyed at the Louvre. TPTB are willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING that Western Civilization stands for; so the entire world is once and for all, equal. Once Europe and North America are razed, after four or five generations, who will even know they existed? That is their goal. The Sistine Chapel is revolutionary! GONE! In fact, the entire Vatican City is counterrevolutionary, GONE!!! The Arc de Triomphe GONE. Trafalger Square GONE! Windsor Castle GONE!! Everything that reeks of Western civilization will be demolished. And, according to TPTB everything will be right with the world. Do not doubt for a moment that that is the ultimate goal! Egalitarianism demands it. If the rest of the world can’t be brought up to White Western European standards, well then, the White Western European standards must be “brought down”. Don’t be stupid. They mean literally.

    • Sentinel9

      I wish we had Chinese overlords. They’d at least preserve the architecture for weddings and parties.

      • David Ashton

        At the rate the “UK” is going that could all too likely be our fate.

  • WR_the_realist

    An honest van in the United States would say, “In the country illegally? You have lucked out! Not even Republicans will deport you. Sign up for your tax credits and food stamps now!”

  • Elena Andbasket

    The van’s not going to worry them. APCs with armed snatch squads might make them sit up and take notice.

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    Vince Cable, the business secretary, said it was “stupid and offensive”.

    You would say that, wouldn’t you?

    Pray tell, what’s “stupid” (as you so eloquently put it) about it and who exactly is offended? What an empty counter-argument; although, to call what he said such is maybe demeaning to the proper notion of such a thing.

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    Slight of hand. . .

    Sure, we’ll take care of illegal migration if it fools you into thinking that’s the immigration issue or stops you from paying attention to legal colonization.

    The Limeys are learning from their Aussie and Yankee counterparts, it seems. . .

  • Sangraal

    Exactly. If this were anything more than a platitude, the vans wouldn’t need to suggest a trip home for the illegals – they’d already be on the boat.

  • David Ashton

    Surprise, surprise! Stop Press!

    Ms T. May (or May Not), our “Home” Secretary, is dropping even this scheme.