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David Cameron pays the price for another lazy shuffle

9 March 2014

12:07 PM

9 March 2014

12:07 PM

The Tory leadership is not best pleased with James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister whose ill-judged speech turned a media spotlight onto the Cameron’s nanny. There are mutterings in Downing Street about the speech having being submitted for clearance very late. But Number 10 can’t escape its share of the blame for this fiasco.

First, the speech should never have been cleared. The problems it would cause were obvious, which is why one Lib Dem tells me ‘we all fell out about laughing when we read it.’ Second, Brokenshire should never have been appointed to this job.

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When Mark Harper resigned as immigration minister because his clearner was working in the UK illegally, something that should have made Brokenshire realise how politically reckless his speech was, Cameron went for the easy option and simply bumped Brokenshire, the junior Home Office Minister, up a notch. As with Cameron’s apppointment of Sir George Young as chief whip when Andrew Mitchell resigned this limited the number of other ministerial changes that Cameron needed to make.

This might have been a quick and easy solution but it was, as it was in Sir George Young’s case, the wrong one. As one minister who is a Cameron loyalist complained to me last week, ‘Immigration is one of the four big subjects for the next year. You need to put a grown-up there.’ By sending someone to do this job who has a tin-ear for politics, Cameron has made a rod for his own back.

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  • Graeme S

    This man represents the government …. he is a typical light weigh non entity that fills the palace of Westminster. He just wears a blue rosette . they are all effete limp wristed idiots to be honest

  • CHRISTOPHER WHITE

    Speech pointed to hypocrisy – we NOW know DC seems to have shared it, though the nanny may have been employed because she had previously abusive employer.
    The appearance is CATASTROPHIC – I’m very nervous about 2015 now – If Ukip voters don’t return we’ll have nightmare on Downing Street – EM!!!!!

  • kyalami

    Time to send them all back: Mo Farah, Nasser Hussein, Mark Carney, Boris Johnson, Mrs Clegg: the whole bang shoot. Not to mention the Jamaicans, Indians, South Africans, Normans, Norsemen, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings, Romans. Let the Celts rule Britain again: we will all be so much better off.

    • Jambo25

      I and my Celtic buds are waiting to take over.

      • kyalami

        Excellent. Just remember you will need proof in triplicate with witness statements going back to pre-Roman Times to validate your claim.

        • Jambo25

          look. I’ve limewashed my hair and go head hunting against my enemies. What else do I need to do?

  • Golben Amduke

    We need Barraco Barner to sort it out

    • Pip

      He would be more competent at cleaning your bathroom as the dim Americans are finding out to their cost.

  • Smithersjones2013

    ‘Immigration is one of the four big subjects for the next year. You need
    to put a grown-up there.’ By sending someone to do this job who has a tin-ear for politics, Cameron has made a rod for his own back.

    Hilarious. A Cameroon accusing others in the Tory Party of being incompetent at politics when the Cameroons have proved themselves the village idiots of the political classes ( Boles ‘National Liberal’ proposal was sheer hysteria and Krazi Kwarteng’s 20% VAT on food was another gem) and Cameron the crown prince of political fools (splitting the right and uniting the left in one Parliamentary term does take some beating). The lack of self-awareness of these Tory twerps is astonishing!

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Well, you must admit, Dave has succeeded in creating “The Big Society”…. of people who passionately hate him.

  • The Laughing Cavalier

    Brokenshire was right, much of the noise about liberalising immigration came from the chattering classes in Islington and Hampstead demanding the right to cheap domestic servants.

  • Tom Tom

    Back To Basics II

  • IJMO_DS

    I thought his speech was great! It not his fault that his bosses are middle class liberal elitist’s, who take full advantage of mass immigration to benefit themselves, while not caring less about all the people it disadvantages.

  • Mynydd

    Mr Cameron’s government is falling apart before our very eyes. First Mr Cameron failed to control his back benchers, now he is failing to control his Ministers. Immigration is the latest example, the Home Office speaking out in order to damage No10. What a way to run a government. With the rise of UKIP in the tory heart lands it’s every MP and minister for themselves and the devil (UKIP) take the hindmost.

  • Ted

    Every politician in support of immigration harp on about how the NHS rely totally on those from foreign countries and without them the NHS would collapse, maybe they are right. But what they want to remember is that it is their failure in the past to train British students to become nurses, doctors etc. If they had the NHS would not now be relying on immigration.

    • HookesLaw

      You think we should dragoon people into the nurtsing profession ? Or do you think they should be enticed by a big wage increase paid by the taxpayer?

      • Tom Tom

        I think medical staff should be paid so they can live in London and it should be funded by a London income tax

      • Jambo25

        Yes. If you want to live by market forces, live by market forces. If you have to pay young nurses £35K a year to enter the profession then that is the ‘going rate’. If they demand £45K a year to do the job in London then adopt the system Tom Tom outlines below.

  • fathomwest

    It is not as if this most disastrous of Prime Ministers has not made errors in selection before is it? These politicians live a world of yesteryear with servants and people who do. Unless, of course, they are re-introducing ‘in service’ to reduce unemployment?
    Best friends and news corporation friends who get arrested. It certainly demands someone around that Cabinet table to question his mental state.
    He is so cack handed I wonder why the parliamentary party stand by him. His constant use of photographs detailing his every movement (not, thank goodness, the bathroom nor bedroom….yet!) the man is a narcissus.
    He should have been moved years ago now the time for change demands he goes.

  • Pip

    All contrived, only fools fall for such nonsense.

  • Hello

    “The Tory leadership is not best pleased with James Brokenshire”

    Oh, rubbish. This was intended.

  • Two Bob

    if my auntie had a pair of wotsits she’d be my uncle….

  • Denis_Cooper

    It seems to me that unusually a politician has said something which is true, and the only problem is that some other politicians have been incommoded by various demonstrations of the truth of what the first politician had said, but from that the author of this article concludes that it was a bad idea to put that politician in a position where he might tell a truth that was inconvenient to the other politicians and it would have been better if he had been kept out of the way and so that truth had remained unsaid. Well, we may remember that, if in the future the same author argues that the public should be told the facts and we need greater transparency in government etc etc etc.

    • HookesLaw

      As I said in an earlier post we all benefit from immigration – we get good motivated workers serving us or our industries at a reasonable price which keeps our costs down.
      Those who suffer are those who for instance the labour party parked on benefits. There are more jobs than ever in the economy and so plenty of opportunities for UK workers. What is wrong is the increased numbers who seem incapable of work and who no sane employer would want to take on.
      Our society may (or may not be) be crippled but if it is, its crippled from within not without.

      Forsyth is just looking for an excuse in his comments. He confuses expediency for ‘lazy’. In reality it is Forsyth who is lazy in looking to reinforce his preconceptions.

      • Denis_Cooper

        You are very much in a minority with your excuse that “we all benefit from immigration” which is worthy of somebody in the upper levels of the Labour hierarchy. A minority even among ordinary supporters of the Tory party, and a much smaller minority among the body of citizens as a whole.

        • Smithersjones2013

          It is amazing how Hooky seems to converted from being a half (and only half) reputable Tory into a fully blown Labour zombie clone ever since he prostrated himself at the feet of Dave.

          I suspect it may be Stockholm Syndorme……..

      • Tom Tom

        I think the motivated Somalis who immigrated must be the ones you mean; or is it the Bangladeshis with their miserably low activity rate ?

  • Ron Todd

    Party management one of the things Cameron is not good at. He is right up there with Nigel Farage.

    • Alexsandr

      parties are too managed these days. perhaps people would believe them more if they saw the real people, warts and all.

      • Pip

        If we saw the real Politicians “warts and l”, I suspect most would be in jail by now.

    • Two Bob

      ‘party management’ is THE problem

      • Pip

        No the problem is venal, dishonest and inept Politicians serving the agenda of the Globalist NWO Elite, Party management is hardly the issue.

  • Golben Amduke

    The Peter Principle is alive and well at living at Conservative HQ, but in Brokenshire’s case he was bumped up 20 levels before they noticed….

  • swatnan

    Must be the worst job in Govt, ‘Immigration Minister’; worse than DWP Minister.
    Woolas would probably tell you all about it; being humiliated by Lumley, in public.

    • Wessex Man

      is that the bloke who also spent time at her Majesty’s pleasure?

      • swatnan

        No, you’re thinking of the Tory peer Hanningfield. Wollas was humiliated over the Gurka’s fiasco. British Imperialist were pretty good at paying off the Sikhs and Gurkas to side with them and quell the nationialists in India fighting for their freedom.

        • IJMO_DS

          To be fair earned citizenships are not a bad idea and we might as well give it to people that have worked for it and contributed to this country, showed their loyalty and patriotism etc.

    • IJMO_DS

      I have a lot more respect for Phil Woolas after reading his diary of an immigration minister, except in one respect and that is bogus students. Labour still seem to be in total denial about that.

  • James Allen

    That’s it, shoot the messanger….

    • telemachus

      Brokenshire is as you imply correct highlighting the “wealthy metropolitan elite who [want] cheap tradesmen and services” and therefore benefit from immigration.
      My actual question is what is wrong with that?
      If there is a need why not fill it from abroad
      We are in a modern mobile world and it is now crystal clear that there is (UCL study) a major benefit to our economy from immigration
      *
      Instead of bleating about it we should get all our fine brains on the question of how best to integrate these folk

      • James Allen

        But I didn’t criticise the policy, merely that Brokenshire is being hung out to dry for stating the bleedin’ obvious…..

      • Jambo25

        What is wrong with that? How about this. During the Great Depression a mix of jobs and affordable housing in more economically dynamic parts of Britain allowed 1.5 million or so people to move out of the Welsh coalfields and other declining industrial areas to get jobs elsewhere; mainly in the Midlands and South East England.
        We now have a situation where that escape route is no longer available to the unemployed or underemployed corralled in welfare reservations in the Midlands and North of England. Partly due to the immobilising effect of high South Eastern property prices but also because of the movement into this country of some millions of mainly young, economically active migrant job seekers.

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