Steve Moxon, the low level civil servant whose whistleblower allegations back in March regarding dubious pratcices at the Nationality and Immigration and Nationality Directorate offices in Sheffield, was due to face another disciplinary hearing today.
He reports in the media that a previous internal inquiry and report April and the claimed that his actions were not covered under the Public Interest Disclosure Act. If , as he has claimed, he did try to raise his concerns internally, and via internal email to the Minister Beverely Hughes, then this is not true.
In any case, it is not up to one's employer, in this case the Home Office, and the similar case of the British Consul in Bucharest, James Cameron, the Foreign Office, to determine what is and what is not a protected disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 that is up to an Independent Employment Tribunal
Such claims by an employer could be construed by the Tribunal as further harrassment of the whistleblower, and could add to the amount of financial compensation which they will have to pay out.
There is no question that the allegations by Steve Moxon and James Cameron have been in the publlic interest. The resignation of Beverely Hughes as Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration, and Nationality should have been the end of the matter and both the Home Office and the Foreign Office should just get on with fixing their weak management and administration, and stop trying to "shoot the messengers".