The Telegraph reports that "Visa whistle-blower gets final warning"
"Visa whistle-blower gets final warning
By Anthony France
A diplomat who exposed an immigration scandal that led to a minister's resignation was penalised last night for whistle-blowing.
James Cameron, a manager in the visa and consular section of the British embassy in Romania, was given a final warning after a four-hour Foreign Office disciplinary hearing.
He was also told he would not be promoted for three years and would receive no pay rise for a year. He was banned from returning to his post in Bucharest. Mr Cameron exposed abuses which led Beverley Hughes to quit as immigration minister."
"The Foreign Office refused to comment on the penalty imposed on Mr Cameron. But a spokesman said that he would have the right to appeal."
Why are the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office (both departments jointly run the visa and immigration sections of UK consulates and embassies) persecuting this whistleblower ?
It is inconceivable that he does not have a clear Public Interest Disclosure defence as we have noted earlier, given that his revelations prompted the resignation of a Home Office Minister and the temporary suspension of Romanian and Bulgarian visa applications to the UK.
Government Ministers will no doubt claim that they do not get involved in Civil Service disciplinary matters. However they are very willing to intervene in court cases by signing Public Interest Immunity certificates.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Home Secretary David Blunkett should sign a memo to their own Civil Servants to declare the James Cameron's actiions, such as they were, are in the Public Interest and quash the farce of these disciplinary procedures, which will cost the taxpayer a huge amount of money in legal fees and compensation when James Cameron takes his case to an Employment Tribunal.