Cabinet imprisoned by Tory Left: takeover virtually complete as picture of low-tax Britain now lies dead in the water, ANDREW PIERCE writes<!– <!– <!– <!– <!– <!– <!–
Never one to miss a photo opportunity, Home Secretary Suella Braverman joined the National Crime Agency yesterday in a morning attack on a people-smuggling ring.
At 4am to meet with police in Oxfordshire, Braverman told the TV crews accompanying her that they had made a major breakthrough in the fight against illegal migrant crossings of the Channel.
“Today’s operation sends a clear signal that we are committed to bringing to justice the criminal gangs behind these deadly journeys across the Channel,” she said.
Barely six hours later, Braverman, 42, was unceremoniously ejected by Prime Minister Liz Truss. The official reason was that she had made a blunder in the distribution of an official government document by using a private email account. In reality, it was a blazing 90-minute feud between the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister on Tuesday night that was at the heart of Braverman’s departure after just 43 full days on the job.
The clash was again about immigration. Braverman and Truss have been at odds over the matter for weeks. No 10 and the Treasury argue that admitting more workers from abroad is good for growth and are pushing for immigration rules to be relaxed to allow more, not less, migrants.
Suella Braverman stepped down as home secretary tonight and was replaced by Grant Shapps, meaning three of the four major state positions – including prime minister – are now held by ministers who voted for Remain.
The official reason was that she had blundered with the distribution of an official government document by using a private email account.
The short reply from Liz Truss acknowledged that the former Home Secretary oversaw police operations during the Queen’s official mourning period
But the home secretary, a standard-bearer of the right, expected the promise of the 2019 Conservative manifesto to rely on “far fewer low-skilled migrants” to “reduce general migration” – to be fulfilled.
And she took energetic steps in that direction. While her predecessor Priti Patel was good at talking about the actions she took, she had little influence on the flow of migrants. However, under Braverman’s watch, 11 Albanians were taken directly from a processing center in Kent to Stansted airport last week.
Her departure means the cabinet has lost two of the Tories’ most important Brexiteers in six days. And the fact that Braverman and former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng have been replaced by ex-transport minister Grant Shapps and ex-health minister Jeremy Hunt means that three of the four major state positions – including prime minister – are now held by ministers who are on Remain. have voted.
Hunt and Shapps both supported Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, for leadership and their elevation has dramatically shifted the balance of power in the cabinet away from the right-wing Tory MPs who supported Truss in the first place.
At the Conservative Party Conference, the now former Home Secretary was criticized by Truss supporters for saying a ‘coup’ had taken place after it was announced that the 45p tax cut would be scrapped.
The prime minister is said to have had a blazing 90-minute argument with Braverman before her resignation on Tuesday evening
But in the days since Hunt became chancellor, Braverman has told friends his appointment proves her assessment was correct. And she’s not the only one complaining about recent events. “These changes set the Tory Right case back 30 years,” said a stunned former minister.
To her detractors, Braverman was a blatant populist, and they were shocked by her expediency in launching her Tory leadership campaign on live TV, even before Boris Johnson resigned. Not that it did her much good: she was knocked out on the second lap and then got behind Truss.
She was in spirited form during her latest foray into the shipping box as Home Secretary on Tuesday, flatly mocking opposition MPs for refusing to condemn the Stop Oil protesters: ‘I’m afraid it’s the Labor Party. party, it’s the Lib Dems, it’s the coalition of chaos, it’s the Guardian-reading, tofu-eating, wokerati – dare I say, the anti-growth coalition – that we owe to the disruption we see on our roads today.’
Labor MPs scoff, some Tory MPs scoff, but much of what she said resonates not only with large segments of the electorate, but also with the Tory MPs who place Truss at No. 10 and who are stunned by the recent turnaround and which becomes nothing. less than a philosophical revolution in the cabinet.
Her blistering letter of resignation suggests Braverman won’t be quiet. But there’s no doubt that with her departure, the truly conservative, low-tax renaissance promised to us a few weeks ago is now dead in the water.