People are gobsmacked at a BBC newsreader’s reaction to Amber Rudd’s resignation

BBC discussing Amber Rudd's resignation
Emily Apple

Amber Rudd has resigned. After weeks of pressure over the Windrush scandal and her misleading parliament on deportation targets, she has finally gone.

But the response from the BBC was gobsmacking. Speaking about the resignation on BBC Weekend News, anchor Clive Myrie stated:

This, obviously a devastating tragedy for Amber Rudd and for the government in general.

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Political correspondent Ian Watson agreed:

Yes… First of all for Amber Rudd personally about her own reputation.

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A tragedy?

People quickly took to Twitter to address the comments:

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Hannah Bardell also pulled the BBC up on its comments:

Others pointed out exactly why this isn’t a “tragedy”:

The real tragedy

As these Twitter users pointed out, Rudd’s resignation was not a “tragedy”. But the suffering that the Home Office policies have caused, under Rudd and before her Theresa May, is a tragedy. From the Windrush generation to the women who’ve been on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood, and to anyone threatened by the racist ‘go home’ vans, these policies have spread misery across the country.

It’s also a tragedy that the UN has found there is “structural racism” in the UK due to the number of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people who have died after contact with the police. Another tragedy which lies directly at the door of the Home Office.

And while Rudd’s resignation is welcome, it is a tragedy that the architect of the policies, May, is still in power. Because the blame for the scandal lies directly at her feet and with the “really hostile environment” she wanted to create for immigrants in the UK.

There is nothing tragic about Rudd resigning. And serious questions need to be asked of the BBC when it thinks it’s acceptable to change the narrative in this way.

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