Sunday, 19 August, 2018

British politics: Windrush brings down a minister

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is seen as a uniting figure and has issued a plea to ethnic minorities to look at the Government's efforts to'put things right over Windrush Can anyone be a successful Home Secretary now?
Andy Castillo | 04 May, 2018, 14:18

There is a residual mystery about the resignation of Amber Rudd as home secretary.

Yet, as Mrs May comes under sustained pressure to justify the decisions she took as Home Secretary over Windrush, the Prime Minister looks diminished ahead of Thursday's local elections when the Tories expect to suffer significant setbacks.

One was her handling of the row over the treatment of what is called the "Windrush generation" - mainly people of Caribbean origin, who have lived in Britain for decades but were treated by the Home Office like illegal immigrants.

After Trump in November retweeted misleading anti-Muslim videos by an extremist fringe group called Britain First, Javid tweeted: "So POTUS has endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me".

Javid cites the late Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher as his political inspiration and has often hung a portrait of her in his ministerial office.

Now here is the mystery.

Javid is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver and one of the most outspoken members of May's cabinet to confront President Donald Trump over his tweets about Muslims.

Javid on Monday (Tuesday NZT) said that his "most urgent" task was to help those unfairly caught up in the Windrush fiasco.

Rudd said she took "full responsibility" for the fact that she was not aware of "information provided to (her) office which makes mention of targets".

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Rudd opposed Britain leaving the European Union but Javid, a lukewarm "remainer" said that after the referendum, "in some ways, we are all Brexiteers now".

Mr Javid has also declared plans to put his "own stamp" on the Home Office.

Immigration control remains a hot topic in Britain and was a factor in the 2016 vote to leave the EU.

The furor has grown since The Guardian reported that some people who came to the United Kingdom from the Caribbean in the decades after World War II had recently been refused medical care in Britain or threatened with deportation because they could not produce paperwork proving their right to reside in the country.

But after an often passionate five-hour debate about how some citizens of Caribbean origin who arrived in the United Kingdom from the 1950s onwards were wrongly targeted as part of the "hostile environment" immigration policy, a three-line Conservative whip saw the government win by 316 votes to 221.

Outrage over the plight of Windrush migrants - some of whom lost jobs and fell into debt as they struggled to prove their status - led to a personal apology from May to Caribbean leaders earlier this month.

"The main opposition Labour Party accused Rudd of being a "human shield" for May, who was home secretary under Cameron".

Explaining the thinking behind Javid's appointment, May's spokesman said he was "one of the most experienced ministers" in Cabinet who had "proved his drive, his ambition and his determination to get to grips with hard subjects".

Labour's finance spokesman John McDonnell said: "You can smell the undoubted odour of a government decomposing".

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