How long can May cling on for?
One down, another one to go? That’s the question on everyone’s lips.
This is the result of what has been dubbed ‘the Windrush scandal’ as migrants, and the children of migrants from the ‘Windrush’ generation have faced threats of deportation after decades of living in the UK. Windrush migrants were invited into Britain at a time when the country was rebuilding after the war, and trying to embrace a better future.
The fact that the Windrush generation have faced threats of deportation despite living here since childhood in many cases has profoundly disturbed British politics – and yet it was entirely foreseeable.
The fact we asked people to come here and now have tried to kick them out is unfathomable, but after decades of anti-migrant sentiment this is where we have arrived. Rudd has fallen on her sword and resigned as Home Secretary, after a disastrous week where everyone was left questioning what Rudd did know, when she knew it and what revelation would next contradict her statement. However, Rudd’s time as Home Secretary is nothing compared to the stint that May put in. The policy of a hostile environment was started during Theresa May’s own time as Home Secretary and so this has led many to question: should May also quit?
Twitter user Janvier UK stated that “May should have resigned over a number of things”.
James Mackenzie also believed that May should resign, but for a different reason.
“I think she should resign over the whole ‘hostile environment’ agenda. Windrush is a symptom (a horrific one) but the problem is far wider,” James said.
Yet, not all agreed that May should resign. Tom Chapman, SEO specialist and digital marketer working for CandidSky – an agency based in Manchester believed that a leader should not automatically quit when they’re called out for a particular failure.
“It seems common practice for a politician to resign when something goes wrong,” Tom said. “So much so, this frequently becomes the default reaction for perceived wrongdoing or incompetence.
However, we deserve better than this. We deserve leaders who are happy to own mistakes and – more importantly – fix them.
“After the Brexit referendum result, remain campaigner David Cameron decided to resign. He stated the country needed ‘fresh leadership’ but in many respects this was the easy way out. Following such a momentous vote, the country needed a strong leader to guide the nation. Instead, many felt the Prime Minister caused this situation and then abandoned the British people – leaving the clean up to someone else.
“Depending on what happens following our withdrawal from the EU, history may regard Cameron in this way – someone who resigned instead of accepting the situation and rising to the challenge.
“Amber Rudd has now resigned following the Windrush scandal after taking “full responsibility” for inadvertently misleading parliament over her knowledge of deportation targets. Yet, broadly speaking, a resignation is the formal act of giving up. It can be argued this is the opposite of taking responsibility.”
Tom also argued that politics was little different to other careers, and that if mistakes are made, then they should be corrected and that staying is a sign of responsibility.
“Throughout my career in marketing, media, and journalism, I have made many mistakes – some of them huge. Yet, each one has given me the opportunity to learn and develop. Each mistake I’ve fixed has helped to make me the person I am today.
“Indeed, when a mistake occurs, identifying who is responsible never serves anything. Instead, it is far more beneficial to remedy the situation first.
“Unfortunately, this culture of political resignation prevents our officials from owning their mistakes and becoming better – and more human – people. I would also have far more respect for a leader who recognises and remedies their problems rather than letting someone else deal with the aftermath.
“After all, this is a lesson we encourage in our children. Why is it acceptable for elected officials to act differently?”
Perhaps it should be down to the public to decide – but with the local elections right around the corner, Theresa May certainly will be worried that they will let their voices be heard and that the Tories won’t be hearing anything good.
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