September 19, 2017

Get on with your day job, Amber

Head girl Amber Rudd has an inflated sense of her own importance. She feels entitled to criticise the Foreign Secretary on the Marr programme for back seat driving. But what is she doing about her own responsibilities?

One of the major elements of Brexit is taking back control of EU immigration. Never mind that her predecessor, the astonishingly inadequate Mrs May, failed to grip immigration from the rest of the world. It's incumbent on Ms Rudd to do a better job on immigration than her boss. No sign of that so far.

Her area of responsibility also includes what to do about jihadi attacks. So far, the answer seems to be: As little as possible. As Piers Morgan reminds us
On March 22, jihadi Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before stabbing a policeman to death at the entrance to Parliament. Four other people died, 50 were wounded.

On May 22, jihadi Salman Abedi blew up a bomb outside the Manchester Arena as thousands left an Ariana Grande concert. Twenty-two people were killed, including many children. Another 250 were injured, many seriously.

On June 3, three jihadis - Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba – drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, before going on a stabbing rampage at nearby Borough Market. They killed eight people and wounded 40 others.
And since then we have had Parsons Green.

How much more of this are we expected to tolerate? Suppose the Parsons Green bomber had been competent. Would we just have heard little Sadiq saying that this is the sort of thing we must expect in a big city? Would we have heard local government leaders saying that diversity makes us stronger? - whatever that means. Would useless May just have tried to administer more bromide?

As Piers says, we can all talk a big, bold game about ‘never surrendering’, ‘staying strong’ and ‘being resilient’.

But we're entitled to ask: if the tens of thousands of disaffected Islamists in our midst start to pull together, what is the government's policy to be?

Ms Rudd would be the lead minister on this. But she has given us no clue.

Because Amber Rudd probably has no clue.

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