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What a shambles.

Amber Rudd certainly deserves to be clearing her desk after her woeful failure to show any understanding of how her department has handled the government’s racist immigration policy.

After Theresa May failed to inspire any confidence at all in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (April 25), Ms Rudd was loaded with the responsibility of restoring it with evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee that afternoon.

In her evidence she told committee chair Yvette Cooper that there were no targets for the removal of illegal immigrants. Despite being contradicted by Ms Cooper, she stuck to her guns. That was a mistake:

Labour demanded that Ms Rudd return to the House of Commons to explain herself:

Her appearance this morning (April 26) was nothing but humiliating for Ms Rudd:

As Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott had something to say about it, of course:

She was absolutely right. Ms Rudd has been derelict in her duty:

But this is just a matter of incompetence. The malice behind the “hostile environment” policy – turning teachers and doctors and landlords into immigration officers (as Dawn Butler said on the BBC’s Daily Politics as I was typing this) – belongs entirely to former Home Secretary, and current prime minister, Theresa May.

It seems clear that Mrs May is using Ms Rudd as a human shield. As long as Ms Rudd is in office, facing demands for her resignation, Mrs May feels safe.

She should not.

Both must go.

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