Disgraced serial liar Amber Rudd has come under the spotlight after she resigned as Home Secretary late yesterday evening:
Let's be clear.
Rudd has not resigned with honour.
1. She lied to Parliament
2. She presided over a vile, cruel, racist policy #Windrush
3. She clung on until she had no option
She has resigned with dishonour.
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) April 30, 2018
Fully expect Amber Rudd to turn up to work as Home Secretary today and claim she never saw her resignation letter.
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) April 30, 2018
It’s always the denials that get them. Shame really. It means some forget just how wrong they were in the first place. And we shouldn’t forget Amber Rudd’s racist policies.
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) April 30, 2018
But commentators were clear that she is not the only one who should take the blame:
Amber Rudd stands in for Theresa May by taking part in the leaders debate instead of her.
Amber Rudd stands in for Theresa May by resigning over the hostile environment fiasco instead of her.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) April 29, 2018
Amber Rudd has resigned. Good. But she’s just the human shield to Theresa May who is responsible for the Windrush scandal. Theresa May must now resign, too.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) April 29, 2018
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
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) April 30, 2018
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 (@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.
— George Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) April 30, 2018
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
— Joanna Cherry QC (@joannaccherry) April 29, 2018
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
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) April 30, 2018
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
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) April 29, 2018
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
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) April 30, 2018
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) April 29, 2018
While we may hope this is true because it will mean the end of Mrs May, we should fear what it implies for the people of the UK.
Ms Rudd was the fifth cabinet minister to resign within six months, and commentators were quick to point out the meaning of it:
-5 cabinet members in 6/12
-10/12 since May’s “Crush the Saboteurs” snap election
-Strong & Stable -> country in chaos
-Brexit & #CambridgeAnalytica
– #SyriaStrikes – Parliamentary scrutiny
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) April 30, 2018
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 #r4today pic.twitter.com/LwzVPWEnr9
— StrongerStabler (@StrongerStabler) April 29, 2018
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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