In February we reported on the decision of our “boneheaded government” to link the eligibility of visa nationals to study English with their proficiency in English. Not only was it patently stupid to make the assessment that students with limited English were more likely to be illegal, but the decision to stop students who needed to learn English at the border threatened the livelihoods of many businesses and teachers in the UK.
The ruling was challenged by English UK and was quashed in the High Court. Tony Millns, chief executive of English UK, said the ruling had saved jobs and millions of pounds a year in foreign earnings.
"This judgment upholds our basic case that the Home Secretary was wrong to introduce a substantive change... without laying that change before Parliament.”
While the judgment concerns only the method by which the Draconian change was introduced, and the new government has yet to decide whether it will implement something similar using proper parliamentary procedure (surely not), the court ruling is a step in the right direction. And very good news. Well done English UK, well done the courts, well done common sense.