New Home Secretary Sajid Javid – supposedly the new broom to put things right at the Home Office after the racist policies of his two predecessors caused misery for thousands of Windrush citizens – started where his immediate predecessor left off.
By making a provably-untrue statement to MPs and the nation – less than ten minutes into his first appearance.
Challenged by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott about protections for Windrush-generation citizens that were knowingly removed by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, Javid responded by telling MPs that no such protections had been removed:
Ms Abbott wasted no time in pointing out the misleading nature of his claim – not in the Commons, as she was not given chance to respond, but on social media:
The Guardian article to which she linked made clear that not only had Theresa May removed the protections – the Tories had even presented an excuse for doing so:
Those ‘adequate protections’ clearly were nothing of the sort, as the ensuing years of anguish and even death for Windrush citizens proved – but the fact that the government made public excuses for its decision back then proves that the protections were removed and that this was not a top-secret issue.
For Javid to resign on his first day for a breach of the same ministerial code for which his predecessor just resigned might be desirable, but it would be too much to hope for.
But as a minimum, he should be required to come back to the Commons to make a full and formal apology for his clearly and grossly misleading response.
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