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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.
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:
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) April 30, 2018
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?
They remain in place. After a crippling scandal for the Tories, more innocents are being deported this week.
So the “hostile environment” is still in place, no matter what Mr Javid says.
That’s a series of lies racked up in his first Commons appearance.
Home Office employees are probably saying to each other: “Meet the new boss… Same as the old boss.”
Maybe, but as the title of the old Who song, from which that lyric is taken, states:
We won’t get fooled again.
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