These are the reasons why Amber Rudd taking over the DWP is utterly puke-inducing

Amber Rudd
Emily Apple

Theresa May has found a replacement to run the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Just seven months after resigning from the Home Office for misleading parliament, Amber Rudd is back in the cabinet. Although given former DWP boss Esther McVey’s record of misleading and “lying” to parliament, she should feel right at home.

A slap in the face to the Windrush generation

Rudd finally resigned over misleading parliament over deportation targets and under pressure due to her poor handling of the Windrush scandal. Criticising her new appointment, Labour MP David Lammy said her actions over Windrush were “inexcusable”:

Others pointed out that the people whose lives Rudd ruined are only worth 200 days to May:

200 days later, people are still being deported and the current home secretary still has no idea how badly people are affected. People’s lives are ruined. But Rudd is back in the cabinet. As Labour Whips tweeted:

Not fit for office

Independent journalist Shehab Khan highlighted that the fact she resigned for misleading parliament meant “she was deemed to be unfit to hold ministerial office”:

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, meanwhile, tweeted:

And others expressed anger, labelling the move “callous”:

“Punitive, mean-spirited and often callous”

Rudd took over the DWP on the day the UN condemned the UK for treating vulnerable and poor people in a “punitive, mean-spirited and often callous” manner with “highly regressive” changes to benefits since 2010.

Unfortunately, from Rudd’s voting record and her previous comments about those on benefits, it doesn’t look very promising for those enduring the impact of Universal Credit and other benefit changes:

And others pointed out that she’ll likely continue with her government’s theme of creating a “hostile environment”:

Empty words

Just months ago, Theresa May apologised to the Windrush generation. These were clearly empty words.

Appointing Rudd to the DWP is “callous”, sickening, and utterly insulting.

Enough is enough. We cannot take any more of this government ruining the lives of millions of people.

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