All Theresa May had to do was utter three little words, and this might have been a very different story. But she simply could not find it in herself to say: “I was wrong.”
That’s what the members of the Windrush generation, who have been wronged in some of the most spectacularly heartless ways in the recent history of the United Kingdom, wanted to hear her tell Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning television show as the Conservative Party Conference began.
And they didn’t get it, even after Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott called for it on Twitter:
I wonder whether #Marr will be asking Theresa May to look into the camera and apologise for deporting our own citizens, or illegally detaining them?#Windrush
— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) September 30, 2018
Instead, Mrs May managed to spit out a partial apology for the targeting of people who have every right to live and work in the UK, and receive state benefits, by her “hostile environment” policy.
But it wasn’t easy. Watch the following clip and you will see Mrs May appearing to choke on her words at around the 16 second mark. That’s what she’s doing in the image at the top of this article.
Credit to Andrew Marr. He exposed for all viewers Theresa May's callous & unapologetic treatment of the Windrush Generation. This is heartless from May. pic.twitter.com/FtPn3MI9m2
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) September 30, 2018
It got worse from there. She stuttered, she choked some more, but she was determined not to give the people she herself had personally wronged the satisfaction they deserve.
watch a choked theresa may on Marr no empathy just squirming barely able to talk at times as she is confronted with her hostile environment it was sad, sad for those who have suffered at her brutal hand pic.twitter.com/MCwVb1fHmK
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) September 30, 2018
The performance was an insult – and Ms Abbott, who had clearly watched the interview after tweeting about it, drew all the right conclusions. In a statement, she said: “Theresa May’s refusal to apologise for her hostile environment policy is disgusting.
“It is astonishing that the Prime Minister doesn’t care to know how many people have been denied access to healthcare or lost their homes.
“The Windrush scandal has exposed a moral failure at the heart of this rotten Government. Lives have been destroyed. Theresa May should hang her head in shame.”
No, she should have resigned months ago.
It is incredible that this should happen so soon after it was revealed that Mrs May had failed to apologise for the death of a woman who had been refused benefits by her Tory government – and in fact had failed to even acknowledge that it had happened or offer condolences to the family of the deceased.
What we’re seeing here is a racist prime minister defiantly refusing to acknowledge the harm she deliberately inflicted – and harming herself in the process.
I suggest this because her apology about the “hostile environment” policy was released to coincide with the start of the Tory conference – and to give it a popularity boost.
Instead, it has revealed that the Tories are still the “nasty” party Mrs May claimed they were, many years ago – and herself the nastiest of the whole rotten lot.
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She is an absolute disgrace to this country – i can’t see how she can justify her actions when she’s been caught out…
Please someone take the keys to that jcb away from her and stop her digging that hole any bigger, it’s not only dreadfully embarrassing, it’s become a national health hazard
What a nasty evil person she is. So nasty she can’t even pretend to be anything else but evil.
She’s always choking on something.. and she’d make a good gurner . . .