If Rudd really is a liberal, then she's a cowardly oneby Steve Bloomfield / April 30, 2018 / Leave a comment
If it feels like Amber Rudd took a long time to resign, it’s longer than you think. The roots of the former home secretary’s resignation were in fact laid down in her first speech to Conservative party conference, 18 months ago.
Just two months into the job, a liberal Remainer taking over an illiberal department in an era of hard Brexit, Rudd was desperate to show she fitted in. The result? A call for companies to provide lists of all foreigners working for them—the sort of policy a non-racist comes up with when they’re trying to prove they’re just the right amount of racist to be Home Secretary.
This was Rudd’s problem: as Home Secretary she was responsible for an immigration target she supposedly didn’t believe in, a “hostile environment” her allies claim she was uncomfortable with, and a department that, as she herself euphemistically admitted last week, had “lost sight of the individual.”
Yet instead of changing those policies, and sticking to what we’re told were her true beliefs, she doubled down.
As we now know, she set targets for deportations—an act that encouraged staff to look for flaws in a person’s record rather than help them prove their immigration status.
Despite months of articles in the Guardian about Windrush generation Britons being threatened with deportation, she looked the other way, only registering her “horror” in the last 10 days when it became a political story threatening to engulf the government.