Barbara Muldoon knows all too well impact of May’s ‘hostile environment’ conscious cruelty
Many, including the SKWAWKBOX, have pointed out that Theresa May’s self-pitying tears at the end of her resignation speech are nothing compared to the suffering she and her party have inflicted on huge numbers of vulnerable people during her time in government.
May was one of the shortest-serving Prime Ministers in UK history, but she was one of the longest-serving Home Secretaries – and as the personal architect of the despicable, consciously cruel and racist ‘hostile environment’ policy, it is perhaps the brutality of that policy that best defines why she is so undeserving of sympathy.
Certainly a short thread posted by an immigration lawyer, which quickly went enormously viral on Twitter, suggests so.
Barbara Muldoon served as an immigration lawyer throughout May’s tenure as Home Secretary and saw at first hand many examples of the hideous impact on the lives of those affected. In a ‘thread’ of seven tweets, she gave just a few examples – and they were quickly ‘retweeted’ thousands of times:
May infamously said that asylum seekers whose case was rejected should be deported first and appeal later. But few people would be able to imagine a regime of such cruelty that it wanted to deport a woman in a vegetative state, deport a family including young children over a parking fine, a nurse for submitting photographs that were ‘too dark’ or a woman who couldn’t describe a building she last saw three years ago.
Theresa May does not deserve sympathy, though the media have almost without exception talked up her distress.
She does deserve trial for her cruel and racist policies that even knowingly deported or barred UK citizens as it targeted those of a different skin colour and for continuing policies that have blighted the lives of millions of others – all while lying to the people about their impact.
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