Labour back-bencher David Lammy has been widely praised for his part in Labour’s pressure on Theresa May’s ‘human shield‘ over the Windrush scandal, Home Secretary Amber Rudd – and this morning he may have driven a big nail into the coffin of her career.
Just by pointing out, with calm gravitas, what she claims she doesn’t know about her own department and the scandal – it’s quite a list – and asking the obvious question:
Rudd’s position is so untenable – and her performance has been so incompetent, so malignant or both – that her only remaining tactic for avoiding an outright admission of it is to keep claiming she didn’t know, while pointing fingers at ‘underlings’.
But that lack of awareness of what’s going on in her department is also ample reason for her resignation, even if she is being honest – and the underlings are showing little willingness to shore up her story, with immigration officials unequivocally contradicting her.
And all this is only in relation to the Windrush outrage. On top of that come her dishonesty about the impact of police cuts, the police cuts themselves, her culpability in the compromising of the security of our people – and her part in withholding evidence about child abuse under excuses of ‘national security’.
She has to go – and with her human shield fallen, May’s even more evident unfitness for office will be in the unobstructed firing line.
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