Amber Rudd’s resignation this morning was inevitable when she was revealed to have misled MPs and the nation by claiming there were no Home Office deportation targets. Her replacement by Sajid Javid – a minister with a dire voting record on immigration and of callous incompetence in office – bodes ill for the Windrush generation and others like them.
But a Theresa May slip this morning in a televised interview means that her own position is now even more untenable, because she not only participated in but also endorsed the lie – knowing that it was a lie:
As author Alex Nunns has pointed out, this means that when May made a statement of full confidence in Rudd over the issue, she did so knowing Rudd had lied:
The BBC has mentioned the admission but without drawing attention to its significance – and is still talking about Javid’s ‘space’ to show his intent.
But there is no space. May endorsed a lying Home Secretary – and has now admitted that she knew it was a lie when she stated her full confidence in Amber Rudd.
The UK’s Prime Minister has just rendered her own resignation obligatory. Nothing she, Javid or anyone else can do will undo that.
As Labour front-bencher Dawn Butler said last week – an apology is not enough.
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