Scraping the barrel: Amber Rudd is back in the Cabinet – because nobody else would work for Theresa May?

Double meaning: This graffito was written about the Windrush Scandal. It is possible that it will soon apply equally well to Universal Credit [Image from Twitter].

Only 200 days after she was forced to resign as Home Secretary for misleading Parliament about the Windrush scandal, Amber Rudd has been allowed to return to the Tory government – this time as Work and Pensions Secretary.

That scandal, and the ‘hostile environment’ policy behind it, meant Ms Rudd was deemed unfit to hold ministerial office. But Theresa May – the woman who, as the Home Secretary immediately preceding Ms Rudd, created the ‘hostile environment’ that caused the scandal – had no choice but to bring her back.

It seems nobody else will work for her.

Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Jon Trickett, drew the obvious conclusion. He said: “After enforcing Theresa May’s hostile environment in the Home Office, Amber Rudd will now be in charge of the DWP’s hostile environment for disabled people and the poorest in society.

“With Universal Credit in absolute shambles, appointing a disgraced former Minister who was only recently forced to resign for her role in another scandal is a desperate choice by a weak Prime Minister.”

The announcement was greeted by condemnation mixed with derision:

Windrush was a common theme among many commentators, including Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott…

… and Owen Jones, although their approaches contrasted hugely:

The Labour Whips managed to dig out a statistic that is truly damning of the Conservative government – and especially of Ms Rudd’s successor, Sajid Javid:

But most concentrated on the fact that this is a disgraced ex-minister:

It is also worth considering Ms Rudd’s voting record on Work and Pensions legislation:

So, what’s the expectation for her performance?

That’s about the best we can expect from her.

Fortunately, there is a way to rid ourselves of Ms Rudd for good, if only the people of Hastings and Rye would take it:

For the time being, though, it seems working people and benefit claimants must face an even rougher time than under Esther McVey and Iain Duncan Smith – and that says everything you need to know about Amber Rudd.

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