Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary over the Home Office’s treatment of the Windrush generation.
It is a disgrace to our politics that it took so long and so many attempted evasions before she took responsibility for her part in the scandalous treatment of our citizens – but it is done at last.
Rudd’s resignation is welcome – but it can be nothing more than a staging post on the road to the demise of the real culprit in the Windrush affair: her boss and predecessor, Theresa May.
Rudd was allowed to last as long – and to make as many attempts to avoid her fate – primarily because she served May’s interests by acting as a human shield. But May is the architect of the ‘hostile environment’ measures – and therefore of the suffering of our Windrush citizens – to a far higher degree than Rudd was.
The Establishment will now try and treat this as the end of the matter, using Rudd as the sacrificial lamb. But the public’s outrage and our demand for the real perpetrator to fall must not only be undiminished but must burn hotter now that the way to the true culprit is clear.
Theresa May – one of the longest-serving and most malignant of Home Secretaries in our history – must not be allowed to sail on as Prime Minister, with Rudd carrying away the disgrace of the ‘Windrush’ scandal into the distance.
The primary responsibility is hers and the demands for her resignation must redouble.
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