According to Larry the Cat’s Twitter account, “The cabinet stand like this because a body language expert thought it would be a laugh to see if they would.” And on his first day as Home Secretary, Sajid Javid was stupid enough to do it.
The Tory Powerstance Workout Video – Featuring Sajid Javid [Image: The Agitator].
“Ladies and gentlemen,” wrote Gary Barker, “I give you your new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid and your surviving (just) Prime Minister Theresa May.”
Worse than that, he used his first appearance in the Commons, in his new role, to promise to “do right by the Windrush Generation” – and then lied to everyone.
Responding to a question from Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, on whether he would restore the protections that were taken from the Windrush migrants in the 2014 Immigration Act, he said: “No such protections have been removed. People who arrived pre-1973 – they have the absolute right to be here and that has not changed.”
Ms Abbott begs to differ. Refused the opportunity to respond in the House, she took to Twitter with this:
UK removed legal protection for Windrush immigrants in 2014 https://t.co/j6nOl5fbKL Yet new Home Sec @sajiddavid tells MPs no protections against deportation were removed in 2014
The Guardian report shows that a clause giving longstanding Commonwealth residents protection from enforced removal was taken off the statute book by the 2014 Act. The Home Office claims it was redundant – but who’d believe it?
Mr Javid also said that he disliked the term “hostile environment” as a description of Home Office policy relating to immigrants and would not be using the term – which shouldn’t be too hard, as the Home Office ditched it a while ago.
Instead, he said he preferred to talk about having a “compliant environment”.
Interesting word choice.
“Compliant” means “disposed to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent; meeting or in accordance with rules or standards” [Boldings mine].
So Mr Javid wants to create an environment in which everybody slavishly obeys the rules he makes up – no matter what they may be.
And what of the rules that are already in place – the really ugly, racist rules that mean thousands of people, including British citizens who have been unjustly accused of being illegal immigrants?
It’s nice to see Jeremy Hunt sticking to his principles – even though they are all wrong.
Shortly after Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary, Mr Hunt tweeted this:
Devastating news for all of us lucky enough to serve with @AmberRuddHR. In cabinet she was always a true statesman who spoke her mind publicly and privately irrespective of the politics. She will be missed until she is back which she will be!
And what a lie. “Spoke her mind publicly and privately irrespective of the politics”? She slavishly followed Theresa May’s racist immigration policy and diverted funds from the police so protection of the law took second place to persecution of the populace.
He got short shrift on the social media:
I like the way Jeremy Hunt focuses his sympathies on the people who’ve lost jobs, health care & even their freedom as a direct consequence of the May/Rudd Home Office’s decisions. https://t.co/9LG35iIBOL
Michael Gove got on the bandwagon without realising where it was going, producing this monstrosity:
I’m so sad about Amber’s departure from government – she was a huge asset – brave, principled, thoughtful, humane, considerate and always thinking of the impact of policy on the vulnerable – I hope Amber will be back soon – we need her
It might have been kinder to forgive Ms Rudd’s brother Roland for his loyal tweet:
So proud of my sister Amber. She is so unselfish, compassionate, kind, trustworthy wish immense integrity. She is motivated by strong sense of public duty and when dust settles will be remembered for being a great Home Secretary in hugely difficult circumstances.
Question: Who is this Amber Rudd that Tories are describing this morning?, Because it certainly ain't the disgraced former Home Secretary who should be grateful she isn't facing prosecution for Misconduct in Public Office
Now the human shield has gone the attention is rightfully being turned on to the architect of the hostile environment policy. Theresa May has to be held to account for this disaster. Change isn't possible all the time she's in charge. #ResignTheresaMay
May should of gone first…. Rudd as much as I don.t like the woman has taken the flack for the EVIL MAY.
— Will Never Vote Labour Again **All Lives Matter** (@Isobel_waby) April 29, 2018
Let us not forget the former Home Secretary who championed the appalling policies that led to #AmberRudd's resignation today. A certain @theresa_may. If she had an ounce of the decency she proclaims, she would go too.
PM @theresa_may should be very worried now she’s lost her human shield. I’ve no doubt there will be more concerning revelations to come about the results of her toxic #immigration policies & this time there will be no hiding behind @AmberRudd#Windrush
Rudd’s resignation was inevitable. If any decency remains hidden in the Conservative Party Theresa May, as the thuggish architect of a vile, racist system that inflicted inhumane treatment on British citizens, denied them medical treatment, imprisoned & deported them must go too
So the Prime Minister knew that her Home Secretary was providing Parliament and the public with information that wasn’t true about the Windrush scandal? Or are we to believe the Prime Minister didn’t read letters addressed to her from her Home Secretary? https://t.co/I02tK7bS6X
The big question Mrs May has to answer is why she did nothing having been made aware by the Home Secretary that HMG was proposing to detain & deport people who might be British citizens in order to meet ‘removal of illegal immigrants’ targets
And there are questions about the behaviour of other Conservative ministers:
Michael Gove defended 'rudderless' Amber Rudd to the hilt over the last few days – claiming that in no way did she set immigration targets. He was lying – she did set targets and mislead parliament & the committees. Ruddy hell, Gove is a WormTongue #GoveOut#MayMustGo#r4todaypic.twitter.com/LwzVPWEnr9
If he knew Ms Rudd was lying, then Mr Gove needs to quit his job too.
But the main focus has to be Theresa May.
She received a letter from Amber Rudd in January 2017, promising a 10 per cent increase in enforced removals.
When the Windrush scandal broke, Mrs May must have known that her government had imposed a racist system that inflicted inhumane treatment on British citizens, denied them medical treatment, imprisoned & deported them – and she said nothing.
As I have stated before, 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.
Theresa May devised the racist policy that allows these deportations to take place.
Theresa May is responsible for the “hostile environment”.
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.
Now it is time for Theresa May to tell the truth – that she is ultimately responsible for harming thousands upon thousands of UK citizens with a racist policy of persecution. And then she must resign.
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Grin and bear it: Being Home Secretary is like taking a poisoned chalice but Sajid Javid has accepted the job.
The man responsible for cocking up the Tory government’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy has been appointed as the new Home Secretary by flailing prime minister Theresa May.
Perhaps she hopes Sajid Javid will be as bad at restoring their rights to the Windrush Generation as he has been at restoring homes to the survivors of Grenfell.
How long did Theresa May say it would be before the Tories re-housed them? Three weeks?
And how long have most of them been in temporary accommodation? Nearly a year.
And what about his time as Business Secretary, when he ignored the advice of senior civil servant Edward Bell in order to keep granting export licences for weapons being sent to Saudi Arabia, despite allegations of war crimes in Yemen?
We may conclude that this is a man who is happy to deal out destruction to foreigners while delivering destitution to people here in the UK.
Consistently voted to reduce spending on welfare benefits & against raising welfare benefits in line with prices & almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (bedroom tax). Welcome to the Home Office Sajid Javid
I think @sajidjavid is the first Home Secretary that's blocked me. So I think I'll point out he also voted against a law forcing landlords to make rented homes for for human habitation, despite being a landlord himself. pic.twitter.com/oUlKTTdhZ7
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