UK Trend : The failure of the Home Secretary to provide a legal method for asylum seekers ignites social media platforms
Hashtag #HomeSecretary topped UK trends on social media platforms as members of the public – as well as high profile individuals – have been condemning current home secretary Suella Braverman for her shortcomings and lack of knowledge regarding the system she’s in charge of.
The issues became widespread after Braverman was asked by parliamentary members how a hypothetical asylum applicant might enter the UK lawfully and safely.
Incredible moment where Suella Braverman inadvertently admits the absurdity of the UK asylum system. pic.twitter.com/8nVmIzNYBD
— Andrew Connelly (@connellyandrew) November 23, 2022
Oh my god. This is just…incredible.
Watch Suella Braverman refuse to answer @DianaJohnsonMP's question about when she was told the situation at Manston was in contravention of the law.
Remember, Sunak promised "integrity, professionalism and accountability" from his Govt. pic.twitter.com/cglCabhG9n
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) November 23, 2022
Suella Braverman embarrasses herself
Popular television figures such as Piers Morgan resorted to Twitter to comment on how unfit the home secretary is for her position as it is apparent ‘she doesn’t know what she is doing.’ Referring to how her cluelessness is worrisome to UK citizens, he sarcastically says, ‘How comforting.’
The Home Secretary doesn’t know what she’s doing. How comforting. https://t.co/FNZy37OWQz
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 23, 2022
Lewis Goodall, Paul Brand, and numerous other well-known figures criticised the home secretary’s inadequate response at the parliamentary hearing.
Home Secretary asked repeatedly to provide account of what the safe and legal routes for asylum are outside of the defined schemes for particular countries. She can’t answer. Because for many places there aren’t any. pic.twitter.com/gsDXbmgUAu
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) November 23, 2022
Home Secretary struggles to explain how an asylum seeker can arrive legally in the UK (unless they are from Afghanistan/Syria/Ukraine).
Important as govt continues to argue that people shouldn’t come ‘illegally’, but question is how else do you arrive?
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) November 23, 2022
Members of parliament, particularly those from the labour party, such as Jess Phillips and Yvette Cooper, expressed their frustration with the Home Secretary for appearing to have no understanding of the “system” that she oversees. Not only does she appear to be ignorant of the problems, but she also lacks the knowledge necessary to address them.
Clearly the Home Secretary doesn't understand the system she is in charge of. To the point where here she pretty much says the only way is illegal route which she almost encourages here.
It has been stark of late how little Home Office ministers know about their department https://t.co/FgR5fx0QZO
— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) November 23, 2022
Suella Braverman’s evidence to @CommonsHomeAffs today shows she has no grip on serious Home Office issues. From asylum backlog to passport delays to child refugees, she has no idea what’s going on or how to solve it.
6th Tory Home Secretary in 7yrs & country is being let down/1
— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) November 23, 2022
UK Public Outrage
The fact that she holds such a significant position in society yet is unable to respond to a straightforward question infuriated members of the public as well.
It is clear that #SuellaBraverman should never have been given the post of Home Secretary. To be so badly informed that SHE CANNOT EVEN ANSWER a question so many of us can, shows what a travesty this whole front bench is.
— B.E.Andre #3Point5🇬🇧🇪🇺🇵🇱🇵🇹🇬🇷🇻🇳🏳️🌈🕷 (@B_E_Andre) November 23, 2022
Have I understood this correctly? Is the Home Secretary suggesting that an African child seeking refugee status in the UK, MUST enter the UK illegally, as there is no other means?
— Aspects Photography (@Aspects_Photo) November 23, 2022
The Home Secretary is asked how the government got into such a mess over Manston. She says she doesn’t want to point the finger of blame at any one person – but says it’s the people coming here illegally for economic reasons.
— Simon Jones (@SimonJonesNews) November 23, 2022
Numerous more vented their rage towards the conservative party, the government, and Rishi Sunak in particular since they held him responsible for the home secretary’s mistakes because it was he who decided to keep her in her position after Liz Truss left office.
Great to hear @SuellaBraverman fall completely on her arse at Select Committee. @RishiSunak needs to watch it back and ask he has reappointed the brightest and the best to the vital role of Home Secretary. The only conclusion is no. The country deserves better. Much better
— Alladin Noons (@AlladinNoons) November 23, 2022
Pitiful and embarrassing performance by someone supposed to be the Home Secretary. Miles out of her depth. But this is really on Sunak for putting her in post. It questions his decision making and worse his integrity.
— Allan Andrews (@aa_bcfc) November 23, 2022
Shadow Government Inquiry
Tim Loughton, Tory MP, questioned the home secretary during her appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee about how a 16-year-old orphan from an “East African country” who was fleeing a conflict zone to join a brother living in the UK could enter the country safely and legally.
When asked about immigration by MPs, the home secretary was unable to explain how asylum seekers could enter the UK legitimately.
Mr. Loughton persisted, demanding she explains how the hypothetical orphan would enter the UK if they weren’t from one of the countries with established UK asylum policies—Syria, Afghanistan, or Ukraine.
Braverman explained that the process would begin if a person applied for asylum upon arrival.
However, Mr. Loughton emphasised that they were unable to enter the UK lawfully to begin with and predicted that they would be compelled to cross the Channel illegally. (Alprazolam)
Mrs. Braverman asked her permanent secretary or the clandestine Channel threat commander, who were both seated next to her, to respond since she was unable to explain how the asylum seeker could enter the country legitimately!
Suella Braverman, the home secretary, acknowledged that the UK government had not been successful in policing its borders and attributed the mayhem at Kent’s Manston processing centre to immigrants and people traffickers.
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