There’s an interesting tweet going around Twitter at the moment. It runs like this:
I am British and I do not share @SuellaBraverman's values. Please RT if you agree with me.
— Parliament Must Decide (@newpaulhearn) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman is the new Home Secretary appointed by Liz Truss – and she is already gaining a reputation for being worse even than her forerunner, Priti Patel.
Why? Well, let’s hear what she’s had to say during the Conservative Party conference:
Suella Braverman on benefits.
" I want to cut welfare spending. We have far too many people in this country who are fit to work, who are able to work… & they choose to top up their salaries with tax credits & the benefit street culture is a feature of modern Britain" pic.twitter.com/LfJ22o7Y89
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) October 4, 2022
‘I would love to be having a front page of The Telegraph with a plane taking off to Rwanda. That’s my dream. That’s my obsession’ Home Secretary Suella Braverman pic.twitter.com/BxuEoR1lrU
— Phantom Power (@PhantomPower14) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman said “It's not racist for anyone, ethnic minority or otherwise, to want to control our borders.” True. But Suella saying deporting refugees fleeing war, to Rwanda is “my dream, it’s my obsession” is definitely on the side of immoral. pic.twitter.com/peczx9ssrY
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) October 5, 2022
Suella Braverman's speech today is a textbook case of radical right ideology. Nativist and authoritarian, mobilizing against asylsum seekers, disregard for international law and institutions. So much attention to Italy and Sweden, but the radical right is in government in the UK https://t.co/B9bN6hpYIt
— Tarik Abou-Chadi (@tabouchadi) October 4, 2022
Let’s have some commentary on the way Braverman’s Home Office handles asylum applications; that might provide some information to help us work out whether the European Court was right to overrule the UK’s Supreme Court:
Braverman’s parents came from Kenya, by the way. We have no reason to believe they didn’t arrive legally – but I wonder whether that legal route into the UK is still open, after 12 years of Conservative Party xenophobia.
Twitter has been ablaze with commentary. Here’s a selection:
For Suella Braverman to say that it's her dream to deport refugees to Rwanda by Christmas puts her to the right to the xenophobic AFD party in Germany. For any politician to say something like this is absolutely shameful. She has no place in Parliament.
— Daniela Nadj (@DanielaNadj) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman who yesterday got breathlessly excited at the thoughts of sending plane loads of refugees to Rwanda, also said “too many people rely on benefits.” Last year she claimed £4,815 in expenses just for her second home. A person on UC gets £4,018 for an entire year.
— Paul Delaney (@coaimpaul) October 5, 2022
— Peter Healey. (@mc89327843) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman is remarkably self assured for someone who is widely regarded as the worst Attorney General in history.
— Ken Clarke (@MrKennethClarke) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman just said to her conference: “Don’t get me started on the lawyers.” She qualified and practiced as a Barrister. She became AG, and head of the Bar. UK law is a beacon. It matters to so many people. An ex AG rubbishing it demonstrates terrible values.
— Charlie Falconer (@LordCFalconer) October 4, 2022
'Home Secretary Suella Braverman is being accused of embellishing her lawyer’s CV by claiming she contributed to a seminal law textbook before the actual author came out and insisted he had just asked her to "do some photocopying".'https://t.co/yv2g81V1Z1
— paulusthewoodgnome 🇺🇦💙 (@woodgnomology) October 4, 2022
When Suella Braverman was attorney general I had an extraordinary exchange with her press office who insisted we rewrite an article about Braverman to make it more "positive".
I had to explain a free press didn't work "like that".
Anyway, enjoy your new home secretary everyone.
— Eduardo Reyes (@edreyesjourno) October 4, 2022
There is emphatically no reason why a mainstream media happy to call Giorgia Meloni, Marine Le Pen and Jair Bolsonaro far-right should not be appending the label to Suella Braverman
— Jonathan Lis (@jonlis1) October 4, 2022
Has Britain ever had a more truly nasty politician than Suella Braverman, someone closer to fascism, in high public office?
— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) October 4, 2022
Altercation just now at Conservative conference between the BBC's Nick Robinson and a security guard who was very heavy-handedly trying to physically prevent him from politely asking a question of the Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman is now perilously close to making Priti Patel look like the second most callous & ignorant Home Secretary in living memory.
— James Oh Brien (@mrjamesob) October 4, 2022
Suella Braverman is what happens if you feed Priti Patel after midnight.#CPC22
— Parody Prime Minister (@Parody_PM) October 4, 2022
So that’s your new Home Secretary, folks. Are you happy?
With luck, she’ll be gone before Christmas, like the prime minister who appointed her.
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