The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill currently in the House of Lords, is typical of a Home Office Bill these days, hugely complicated and containing some evil clauses which try to grab even more unchecked power for the Home Secretary.
53 Deprivation of citizenship
(1) For section 40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) (deprivation of citizenship: prejudicing UK interests) substitute—
“(2) The Secretary of State may by order deprive a person of a citizenship status if the Secretary of State is satisfied that deprivation is conducive to the public good.”
This carte blanche power (which would apply to absolutely anybody - "a person") exceeds that used by the Nazis in their infamous Nuremberg Laws of 1935 (which only applied to Jews)!
It would apply to even British borne UK Citizens, not just those who have been granted British Citizenship through naturalisation. Even in these cases deprivation of British Citizenship should require a conviction for treason (e.g. for for being involved in armed conflict against British military forces) or espionage, by a proper Court, and not just "by order" on the whim of the Home Secretary.
N.B. neither the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal nor the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. are proper courts with juries, full access to the alleged "evidence" against the accused etc. They are effectively Kafakauesque "Star Chambers" where much of the proceedings are arbitararily complicated and secret, designed to favour the power of the State over that of the individual.
How can any politician ever be trusted to to decide, in their own opinion, what is "conducive to the public good" ?
Instead of increasing the power of a NuLabour or future extremist politician Home Secretary, this Bill should be implementing more safeguards and checks and balances on such power.
So far, there have been no amendments tabled on this clause in the House of Lords.