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Yvette Cooper slam-dunks Suella Braverman in Commons speech

As Maximilien Robespierre put it: Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper asked “what is she for” when referring to Suella Braverman as the latter refused to appear in the House of Commons for questioning over the disaster that has taken place on her watch.

Here’s Robespierre himself with a clip of what Cooper said, plus not-nearly-as-amusing – but informative – commentary afterwards:

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Braverman’s migration failures: highest-ever number enter UK despite her closure of legal routes

Speechless: challenged to explain how a teenage refugee from an African country might legally gain asylum in the UK, Suella Braverman had nothing to say.

More than half a million people entered the UK from abroad in the year to the end of June – and Home Secretary Suella Braverman had a meltdown in a Parliamentary Committee when she was forced to try to explain the legal routes for refugees to do so.

So the highest annual migration into the UK since World War II has happened at a time when it should be impossible.

Here’s a news report:

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has said that his main priority is to help Home Secretary Suella Braverman stem the flow of migrants into the UK (despite the fact that they are both, themselves, from families that migrated into the UK).

But they also want to present the UK as a welcoming place.

The latter objective was blown to dust – by one of Sunak and Braverman’s own Conservative Party, Tim Loughton, in the Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee, when he asked her a simple question.

The best commentary on it that I have found comes from Novara Media:

This is a government that is trying to do two mutually-exclusive things – and failing at both.

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Deal with France over migrant boats is worthless

Boat people: more than 40,000 people like these have crossed the Channel in 2022. Rather than work with their countries of origin to encourage them not to come, the Tories are paying France a small fortune to police the borders we still don’t control after Brexit.

This Writer had great difficulty in getting motivated to write about Suella Braverman’s much-trumpeted deal with France to stop refugees, asylum-seekers and, yes, the occasional economic migrant coming to the UK by illegal means.

An extra £8 million to fund 350 more personnel to stop the boats coming across isn’t going to do much good, in my opinion.

The boats – and the people in them – are just a symptom, you see. The problem is conditions in their various countries of origin that encourage them to try to travel to the UK in the first place. There is nothing intended to tackle that in Braverman’s deal – and that’s why it is pointless.

Meanwhile, critics have been quick to point out its other drawback: after the Tories touted Brexit as being about “taking back control” of our borders, we are now paying a foreign country a small fortune to control our borders for us.

And our government is about to announce new heights of taxation to make us pay for it. Did you ever get the feeling you’ve been had?

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Suella De Vil – if this was released commercially, could it be the Christmas Number One?

Suella Braverman: now people are writing satirical songs about her.

I found this tribute to Suella Braverman on a reader’s Facebook page and had to share it with you:

Imagine what this could do if it was recorded professionally and released commercially.

Christmas Number One?

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Tory MP has hissy fit at Suella Braverman being called ‘extreme right wing’

Is this cognitive dissonance at its worst?

Cognitive dissonance – as I’m sure most people know – is the condition of holding two opposing beliefs and attitudes simultaneously.

From his behaviour, we can conclude that Tory Tom Hunt holds very similar political views to those of Suella Braverman.

From his words, we may conclude that he does not understand that those views are held by people in the extreme right wing of his party.

His outburst on the BBC’s Politics Live on Monday derives from this incongruity, as Maximilien Robespierre explains:

Robespierre also draws attention to the inconsistencies in Hunt’s own words: surveys of the UK population are supposed to show that they support Braverman, meaning people have spoken up to say this – but it is also the “silent majority” who support her. Which is it, then?

And of course Hunt is wrong in the premise on which he bases his indignation. Labour’s Steve Reed wasn’t saying that Braverman belongs to the extreme right wing of politics; just to the extreme right wing of the Conservative Party.

In that, Reed was correct. Hunt was pushing a false, straw man argument by trying to suggest that Reed was saying one thing when in fact he was saying the other.

He probably thought he was being clever but came across as precisely the opposite.

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Is this the truth about the Manston concentration camp that Suella Braverman wants to hide?

Take a look at this chilling video report from Sky News:

Suella Braverman has admitted that the system is broken but none of her plans to remedy the situation will work because none of them are about improving conditions in migrants’ home countries so that they have no reason to leave.

This is the result:

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Leaky Sue must go as Braverman forced to apologise again | Dorset Eye

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Suella Braverman has admitted sending official documents from her government email to her personal email address on six separate occasions. In a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, she apologised again for breaching security rules and set out her version of the events leading to her resignation under former prime minister Liz Truss. A […]

Source: Leaky Sue must go as Braverman forced to apologise again – Dorset Eye

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Suella Braverman rants about a migrant ‘invasion’

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman delivered a statement about an attack on a concentration camp for people who have entered the UK by illegal means, on October 31.

She then had her posterior handed to her by Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, who tackled her on the Conservative government’s failure to handle the issue in any meaningful way, and Braverman’s own failures to follow the rules affecting government ministers.

This provoked Braverman into one of the far-right rants for which she is becoming justly famous.

It begins around three minutes before the end of the clip, but please do watch Yvette Cooper’s speech because it really is worthwhile.

Here’s the clip:

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Braverman has been using her private email for official papers ‘on an industrial scale’

Email a mess: this is not Suella Braverman, but considering her history of social media ineptitude, it might as well be.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has admitted habitually breaking government rules by sending official documents to her private email address – and possibly on from there.

During her first period as Home Secretary, she sent government documents to her personal email address six times (in addition to the security breach that led to her resignation. That’s once every week during the 43 days she was in the post.

In a letter referring to the original breach of confidence, Braverman insisted there was no market sensitive or top secret information in the email she sent to Tory MP Sir John Hayes – that was also sent to an employee of fellow Tory MP Andrew Percy by mistake.

She reiterated her version of events after the offending email was sent – a timeline that conflicts with one that has been sent to the BBC.

And she said she apologised again for the breach when Rishi Sunak reappointed her Home Secretary, assuring him she would not use her personal email for official purposes and reaffirming her understanding of and adherence to the Ministerial Code.

How are we to believe that when the same letter admits she broke the rules six more times – as listed here?

She said using her personal phone this way – apparently the intention was to use the private phone to read documents while attending meetings on her official phone – was “reasonable in the circumstances and carried out in the public interest to enable me to do my job”.

And she insisted that she had acted “in accordance” with the official guidelines on ministerial email use.

It’s true that the High Court has ruled that the use of private email addresses, while controversial, is not against the law.

But handing confidential documents out to people who should not receive them is against the Ministerial Code and this excuse should not save her.

Braverman was set to give a statement on her other glaring cock-up (so far) – the scandal of the overcrowded migrant processing centre at Manston in Kent – late on Monday afternoon (October 31).

She was not expected to comment on the email scandal but may be questioned on it. This Writer wonders whether she’ll crack under the pressure.

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This is the only way to stop people coming to the UK in boats

Suella Braverman: it would have been good to run a picture of her at the Manston Concentration Camp – but she has never even been there.

Suella Braverman – already under fire for breaching confidentiality rules and lying about reporting it promptly – can’t even do her job properly, it seems.

She is responsible for conditions at the Manston Migrant Processing Centre in Kent – a concentration camp for people who have used illegal means to cross the English Channel in order to seek asylum in the United Kingdom.

It seems 4,000 people are living at the camp, which was only intended to house a maximum of 1,600 – and those only for a short time. People are supposed to be there for a maximum of 48 hours but some have already stayed for more than five weeks.

It is a hotbed for disease, with at least eight cases of diphtheria and one of MRSA.

Hundreds of people were moved there from another facility in Dover after that camp was firebombed – allegedly by a man who threw three petrol bombs with fireworks attached then drove to a nearby petrol station and took his own life.

Home Office advice to ministers has been – for some time – that they should book hotel rooms and put asylum seekers there while they are being processed. According to Robert Peston, this has been largely ignored:

And now the pressure is on Braverman. Poetic justice, some might say.

So Shapps did the right thing. But look at the reaction from just one far-right Twitter user:

Obviously it is not illegal to seek asylum in the UK, even if entry was obtained be illegal means.

And immigration is different from asylum-seeking.

But they both have the same root cause, which is that conditions in these people’s home countries are deemed to be so unsafe that they have to try to go somewhere else.

So the answer to the migrant boat problem is not to try to sour the milk by making the UK an unattractive destination; it is to seek better conditions in the new arrivals’ home countries.

This creates all sorts of problems for UK Tory governments because they are often part of the reasons other countries are dangerous for their own populations.

Like many western nations, we manipulate political circumstances all around the world in order to gain economic power. That’s why we have participated in so many wars in the Middle East and Africa; our businesses have financial interests there that disadvantage local people – and enforce their continuation with violence or the threat of it. If that leads to conflict, it seems a price our government is willing to pay.

We destabilise whole regions of the world in order to make a few quid and think nothing of the harm it does to the people living there.

And when they arrive at our door seeking asylum from the conditions our government has caused, we are encouraged to see them as the villains.

It’s not good enough. The UK government is the villain in this situation – more so for encouraging us to try to harm these refugees as the Dover petrol bomber did.

It is only by improving conditions in the countries these people are fleeing that we can reduce the numbers of people coming to the UK – numbers that are still far lower than are arriving in other European countries like Germany.

Then it will be possible to deal with the separate problem of illegal immigration – which I’m sure does exist but is being used as an excuse to attack people who are already victims.

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