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The straight forward response from Suella Braverman


The termination of Home Secretary Suella Braverman by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is evidently a calculated maneuver aimed at bolstering the stability of the Conservative Party and fortifying its electoral prospects in the imminent election. Braverman's successor, none other than David Cameron, the former leader of the Conservative Party, ousted in the wake of the grassroots Brexit rebellion, is making a remarkable return to the forefront of British politics. This significant shift prompts contemplation regarding the trajectory of the Conservative Party and its positions on pivotal issues.

At the outset, it becomes apparent that no prime minister can sustain indefinitely a secretary of state engaging in free-wheeling actions to the extent exemplified by the departing Home Secretary. Her recent article in The Times, wherein she resisted requested alterations from Downing Street, undoubtedly represented the culmination of a pattern. Merely weeks prior, her ministerial counterparts found themselves compelled to publicly disavow her comments on rough sleeping. Consequently, a period during which Labour's internal divisions on Palestine could have taken precedence saw a relentless focus on Tory internal discord.

Prime Minister Sunak's decisive action to dismiss Braverman is perceived as imperative to safeguarding his authority. The more pressing question pertains to the extent her departure impedes the filling of the significant void within the Cabinet—a matter not as straightforward as it may initially appear.

Opinions on Braverman's dismissal diverge among critics from both the left and the right. Some posit that her contentious interventions in the national discourse, including scrutinizing the police's stance on pro-Palestine and pro-Hamas protestors, rendered her unsuitable for high office. Others contend that her rhetoric lacked substantive follow-through on the ground. The import of Braverman's removal extends beyond the individual; it exposes a palpable disconnection between the Conservative Party and the sentiments of a substantial portion of the British populace.

The selection of David Cameron as her replacement signals a departure from the brief foray into populism, marking a return to a more liberal era. This choice underscores the party's inclination to align with the values of the liberal progressive Blue Wall rather than directly addressing the concerns of demographics beyond major urban centers.

The conspicuous absence of a unifying, coherent philosophy within the Conservative Party is evident, particularly accentuated during the recent Tory conference. Rishi Sunak's focus on peripheral issues instead of addressing pressing concerns reflects a palpable lack of direction. The reinstatement of a leader associated with past rejected policies accentuates the party's ongoing struggle to articulate a clear identity.

She like Dominic Raab and other past conviction based politicians have been martyrs to the Common sense cause.

In a broader context, Braverman's dismissal transcends a mere change in ministerial personnel; it signifies the removal of another outspoken figure and radical challenger from the realm of British politics. The recurrent pattern of sidelining voices advocating for Brexit, economic reform, immigration control, multiculturalism reform, and stronger borders raises apprehensions about the nation's capacity to accommodate and engage in meaningful discourse concerning alternative perspectives amid the entrenched liberal consensus.

However this is not to say Suella has played this masterfully. By getting fired for doing nothing but voice the voters concerned she has avoided accusations of undermining the party she'd get if she quit and avoided being associated with Sunak and the election he will may lose going to lose. The leadership is hers to lose now. 

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