The news that Judge Ian Trigger has been referred by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge to the Office of Judicial Complaints after hiscriticism of the failures of the immigration system has been described by UKIP justice spokesman Gerard Batten as "predictable as the tides".
"This referral is nothing more than a shot across the bows. It is a warning to anybody in the judicial system and public service in general to shut their mouths and not to tell the truth'" Mr Batten said.
"Everybody knows that Judge Trigger (pictured right) was telling the unvarnished truth about how failures in the immigration system have led to cases like that of drug dealer, Lucien McClealey clogging up the courts."
"In the current hidebound climate these failures are the new 'truth that dare not speak its name'," said Mr Batten
The Lord Chief Justice's department has said: "The OJC has been asked to focus on the propriety of the judge's statements and assertions, and whether they went beyond the facts of the case and extended overtly into the political arena."
Mr Batten countered: "The state of life on our streets is overtly political. Judge Trigger should be applauded, not castigated for his brave statement of reality."