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Amber Rudd may have resigned but Theresa May needs to go as well – she knew her Home Secretary was lying every step of the way through the Windrush deportation scandal.

The now-former Home Secretary quit after it became clear that she had written to prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, promising to increase enforced removals by more than 10 per cent over the next few years.

This means that, when Ms Rudd lied to us all that there were no removal targets, Theresa May knew she was lying.

When Ms Rudd lied to us all that she had not been aware there were removal targets, Theresa May knew she was lying.

When both Ms Rudd and Mrs May said they were ending the forced deportation of the so-called Windrush Generation of immigrants from the Commonwealth who came to the UK and became citizens of this country from 1948 onwards, Theresa May knew they were lying.

The next plane of deportees – including at least one member of the Windrush Generation – leaves for Jamaica soon (at the time of writing).

Oh, and remember that Theresa May devised the racist policy that allows these deportations to take place.

Theresa May pushed it through Parliament.

Theresa May set the original deportation targets.

Theresa May allowed the policy to continue, despite hearing advice that it would harm UK citizens.

And Theresa May signed off the destruction of the Windrush landing papers that made it impossible for the Windrush Generation immigrants to prove they had a right to live in the UK.

So Owen Jones was absolutely right when he tweeted:

Don’t assume that, just because Ms Rudd has gone, Mrs May will tumble like the next domino in the line. Frankie Boyle had it right (be warned: this clip contains harsh language).

If anything is going to dislodge Theresa May’s vicelike grip on power, it’s the Windrush scandal. The Conservatives want you to think Amber Rudd’s departure should be the end of the matter, but you should not. Forgive the overused analogy, but Amber Rudd was just the monkey in this scenario.

Theresa May was the organ grinder.

Ian Dunt is absolutely correct.

And Tom Pride makes an excellent point here:

Theresa May is responsible for Windrush. She is allowing the policy to continue, despite having promised it would end. She allowed Amber Rudd to lie to us all, and she has lied herself – repeatedly.

So don’t let her off the hook.

It’s time she resigned as well.


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