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He’s been Home Secretary less than a day and already Sajid Javid is messing it up

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.

Result:

The Tory Powerstance Workout Video – Featuring Sajid Javid [Image: The Agitator].

And:

“Ladies and gentlemen,” wrote Gary Barker, “I give you your new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid and your surviving (just) Prime Minister Theresa May.”

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:

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.

Vile.

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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Rudd has gone; time to concentrate on Theresa May again

Amber Rudd may have resigned but Theresa May needs to go as well – she knew her Home Secretary was lying every step of the way through the Windrush deportation scandal.

The now-former Home Secretary quit after it became clear that she had written to prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, promising to increase enforced removals by more than 10 per cent over the next few years.

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.

The next plane of deportees – including at least one member of the Windrush Generation – leaves for Jamaica soon (at the time of writing).

Oh, and remember that Theresa May devised the racist policy that allows these deportations to take place.

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.

So Owen Jones was absolutely right when he tweeted:

Don’t assume that, just because Ms Rudd has gone, Mrs May will tumble like the next domino in the line. Frankie Boyle had it right (be warned: this clip contains harsh language).

If anything is going to dislodge Theresa May’s vicelike grip on power, it’s the Windrush scandal. The Conservatives want you to think Amber Rudd’s departure should be the end of the matter, but you should not. Forgive the overused analogy, but Amber Rudd was just the monkey in this scenario.

Theresa May was the organ grinder.

Ian Dunt is absolutely correct.

And Tom Pride makes an excellent point here:

Theresa May is responsible for Windrush. She is allowing the policy to continue, despite having promised it would end. She allowed Amber Rudd to lie to us all, and she has lied herself – repeatedly.

So don’t let her off the hook.

It’s time she resigned as well.


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She’s gone! Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary

Bye bye: Amber Rudd has quit. Now we can focus on the real architect of the Conservative Party’s racist immigration policy – Theresa May.

Fantastic. Just as I was writing the following article, the BBC announced that Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary.

The report states:

“Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned, Downing Street has said.

“Ms Rudd, who was due to make a statement in Parliament on Monday, was under growing pressure to quit over the Windrush scandal.

“She has faced criticism over the existence of Home Office removals targets and her knowledge of them.”

That’s everything the BBC – and therefore the Conservatives – had to say at the time of writing.

But I think I can add a little illumination, via the article on which I was working when the announcement came through.

Here’s what I would have said:

If Amber Rudd didn’t know about Home Office deportation targets, why did she send Theresa May a letter promising to increase “enforced removals by more than 10% over the next few years” – back in January 2017?

Come to that, if she didn’t know about the targets that she increased in January last year, why does Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis recall not only knowing about them but also discussing them with Ms Rudd while a minister in her department, between June 11, 2017 and January 8 this year?

And, if she didn’t know about the targets that she increased in January last year and discussed with Brandon Lewis between last June and January, why do Home Office sources say they have been regularly discussed at the highest levels, implying that Ms Rudd was included in those discussions?

I think she did know about the targets she increased in January last year, discussed with Brandon Lewis between June and January this year, and regularly discussed with Home Office officials at the highest levels. Call it intuition.

The worst part of it is that, after the Windrush Generation scandal, “Home Office sources have told The Guardian that Immigration Enforcement has been working all year to reach the target of 12,800 enforced returns in 2017-18.

“They have been bracing themselves to acknowledge to ministers that the agency has failed to do so. To meet the goal, it needed to deport 250 people a week, but it has only been able to remove about 225 a week.

“’At the Home Office we work in a target culture,’ said a source. ‘The civil service is completely target based. That’s all we do. It is shame-faced nonsense for Amber Rudd to say otherwise.’”

So Ms Rudd – and Mrs May, no doubt – are still deporting people in order to meet the racist removal target they mutually decided 15 months ago.

The next charter flight is PVT070 to Jamaica:

Amber Rudd has nowhere left to go.

She said there were no deportation targets. If she wrote to Theresa May about increasing them in January 2017 (and she definitely did – it’s her signature on the letter), that was a lie.

Then she said she did not know there were deportation targets. If she wrote to Theresa May about increasing them in January 2017 (and she definitely did – it’s her signature on the letter), that was a lie.

These cannot be interpreted as mistakes. Amber Rudd deliberately misled Parliament – and the nation.

It is a clear breach of s.1.3.c of the Ministerial Code with no ambiguity.

So Amber Rudd has no choice but to offer her resignation to Theresa May at her earliest opportunity.

And I was right, wasn’t I? She did.

But take a look at what I wrote.

The racism continues.

The deportations are progressing without pause.

The laws which support them have not been changed.

And Theresa May is still prime minister.

It is time to turn our attention to her.


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