Shadow Women’s and Equalities Minister Dawn Butler appeared on Sky News this morning to discuss Theresa May’s immigration policies and her treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’ of UK citizens, who have been shamefully hounded by May’s specific policies, which in 2014 withdrew protections they enjoyed under 1973 immigration legislation.
The interview was explosive:
Nailing May’s lie about Labour’s involvement in the discrimination and calling on May to ‘reconsider her position – that is, to resign – Butler described how May’s policies, as Home Secretary and then as Prime Minister, have disproportionately targeted and discriminated against people of colour.
May has, all too typically, been attempting to blame anyone but herself for policies she introduced – and has dodged questions about what she has done to bring back the wrongfully-deported citizens.
But Dawn Butler told her what Windrush citizens and the people of good will who support them want May to hear:
An apology is not good enough.
If May holds true to form, civil service heads may roll or even Amber Rudd’s, as a ‘human shield’ to protect May’s position.
But Theresa May was the longest-serving Home Secretary since the war and as Prime Minister she did nothing to correct this injustice, in spite of being warned about the consequences even as she pushed through the 2014 ‘hostile environment‘ legislation.
She has no place in our politics, let alone in Downing Street.
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