With a more Leave-inclined minister in Cabinet, and Rudd on the backbenches with other rebels, the Brexit faultline in government is deeper than everby Sam Moore / April 30, 2018 / Leave a comment
From 1997-2016, it was said that the Treasury ran the Government. Now, we’re seeing what happens when the Home Office runs Number 10. For better or worse, Home Secretary Theresa May is the Ghost of Christmas Past for former secretary Amber Rudd, and now for her brand-new replacement, Sajid Javid.
The lead-up to Rudd’s resignation illustrates the way May’s work as Home Sec continues to impact her goals and policies as Prime Minister. Although Amber Rudd was not the architect of the “hostile environment” policy that has been placed into the headlines by the Windrush scandal, her presence at the Home Office—and how she handled the ongoing scandal—meant that she became emblematic of the problem.
Now that Rudd is gone, people will be looking for someone to blame for the Windrush scandal, and the Prime Minister will now find more eyes on her.
The Windrush fallout clearly played a role in the selection of Amber Rudd’s replacement, former Housing Secretary Sajid Javid. This weekend, Javid revealed that upon hearing about the Windrush scandal, his immediate thought was “it could have been me, my mum, or my Dad.”
Already, Javid has said that that treating the Windrush generation “with decency” is his most pressing concern as Home Secretary. If doing this means dealing with the impact of Theresa May’s “hostile environment” policy more broadly, he may already be preparing to butt heads with the PM.