Talk Radio: Priti Patel 'totally unsuited' to lead Home Office
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Home Secretary Priti Patel has come under fire this week for her lack of action when it comes to tackling the migrant crisis on the shores of Kent. Twenty-seven migrants died in the English Channel after crossing from France, resulting in tense calls for more to be done to tackle human smugglers. Former Cabinet minister David Mellor insisted Ms Patel’s record showed she is “unsuited” to lead the Home Office as she is not a “leading politician.”
Mr Mellor told talkRADIO: “When Priti Patel was made Home Secretary I did an interview, it was a shill. I’m not sort of getting wise after the event, criticising Priti.
“But I said she was totally unsuited for the job, she simply didn’t have enough depth.”
“Home Secretary is a job for a serious politician, a leading politician of experience. She’s never been that she is consistently failing.”
“I come back to my Raegan analogy, it doesn’t matter if Ronald Raegan didn’t have the total grasp of the detail.” He concluded.
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Following the swathe of criticism thrown her way, Ms Patel made a statement in the Commons to respond to MPs concerns in the aftermath of the tragic death of 27 people in the Channel.
Ms Patel hit back with particular fury at SNP MP Martyn Day, who accused her immigration policies of falling short and putting lives at risk.
In response to Mr Day’s comments, Ms Patel said: “I have to say I’m very disappointed by the Honourable Gentleman’s tone, comments, and his actual inability to understand the situation as to what is taking place around global illegal migration issues and challenges.
“And if he thinks settlement schemes that have existed previously are the answer, that is also not the answer. And if he’s bothered to read the Nationality and Borders Bill, he should also look at the new plan for immigration.”
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“Importantly, some of the wider reforms that are required to our asylum system so that our asylum system actually becomes fit for purpose, so that it meets the needs of the people claiming asylum, we need to have a differentiated approach to stop economic migrant masquerading as asylum seekers,” Ms Patel said
Ms Patel continued to defend her actions by saying “That will create a legal path to make claims from outside the United Kingdom so they won’t have to come here and when they do come here they are literally supported in the right way in terms of accommodation, resettlement so they can start their new lives in the United Kingdom.
“I think it’s such a shame that, once again, the SNP, a party that has failed to support asylum seekers in their own local authorities.”
“They sit there and yell shame at me but 31 out of 32 local authorities do not participate in the voluntary dispersal scheme for housing asylum seekers,” Ms Patel concluded.
Ms Patel faced criticism from within her party as well, with some MPs lamenting the lack of swift action to put an end to Channel crossings despite the increasing number of people trying to get to British shores in recent months.
South Holland and The Deepings MP Sir John Hayes told the Home Secretary: “If you can’t protect the integrity of the borders, what can you control?” said.
Sir John said the Nationality and Borders Bill “will go some way to fixing a broken asylum system, gamed by traffickers, by economic migrants, and by rights lawyers”.
He added: “She (Priti Patel) needs to go further, and that’s why the common sense group of MPs have written to her saying we need to disrupt those criminal gangs, we need offshore processing of claims, and we need to turn round boats in the Channel as the law allows us to do.
“For people who voted to take back control have every right to ask the question: if you can’t protect the integrity of the borders, what can you control?”
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