A Home Secretary under fire from critics, an asylum system cracking everywhere: the migration issue is making headlines again in the UK, while crossing the Channel in makeshift boats (small boats) increases exponentially. Since the start of the year, almost 40,000 people have already arrived in Kent in south-east England, twice as many as in 2021 at the same time, five times more than there were two years ago.
Suella Braverman, Home Secretary and muse of the fiercely anti-migrant Conservative Party right, is still fighting for her political survival. She had to resign on October 19 for violating the Ministerial Act by sending sensitive documents from her private email to one of her colleagues. His departure triggered the downfall of Prime Minister Liz Truss – and resigned the next day. The latter’s successor, Rishi Sunak, nevertheless saw fit to reinstall Mme Braverman for this ultra-sensitive position. He used “a disgusting deal” with the Conservative Party right to support his nomination, accuses Keir Starmer, the leader of Labour.
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The minister “made an error in judgment but she pointed it out and she accepted her error”, justified the new Downing Street tenant. It was not enough to remove doubts about the minister’s competence and reliability. Especially since, Monday, October 31, Mme Braverman admitted to using his private email on six other occasions since joining the Interior Department in September to send work documents.
Its responsibility is also directly implicated in the deterioration of reception conditions in Manston. This former military base in Kent has been converted into a logistics center providing very temporary accommodation for people arriving at small boats, the time to receive their asylum applications. Planned to hold a maximum of 1,600 people, it has swelled to 4,000 in recent days, some of whom have been held for four weeks.
David Neal, Independent Migration Inspector, said “voiceless » to cope with the situation “really dangerous” observed on site and daily Tea Guardian reported on Sunday, October 30, that at least eight cases of diphtheria had been detected there. Roger Gale, a Conservative MP from Kent, even accused Mme Braverman for ignoring legal advice and deliberately blocking hotel bookings to get people out of Manston faster.
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