The government has faced fierce criticism for its handling of the Ukraine refugee crisis as people fleeing the war-torn country face red tape and delays if they want to arrive. UK.
Home Affairs Minister Priti Patel, who faced “tense days between public and private” before her department allowed Ukrainians to apply for UK visas online instead of going to application centers single in Europe, report Guardians last week.
Boris Johnson is said to be “disturbed by the amount of negative headlines surrounding the low number of refugees being granted visas”, sparking speculation that “Patel’s future will again be discussed at the reshuffle”. summer,” the article continued.
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This week, the number of visas issued to Ukrainians wishing to enter the UK has increased since last week only 300 approved, but the number is still low. Only 4,600 visas have been issued through the Ukraine family program, according to the latest information Interior Office data.
Now the prime minister is facing calls to sack Patel from Liberal Democratic Party leader Ed Davey, who has called her response to a “humanitarian disaster” “absolutely shameful” “, Guardians reported.
“She answered despair with delay; crisis with confusion; painful with the paperwork,” he told his party’s spring conference this weekend. “It couldn’t be clearer that Priti Patel is not the right fit for the job. The buck stopped with the prime minister. So Boris Johnson has to fire her now,” he added.
Misjudging the public’s mood
It seems likely that the “mood of compassion” that the British public has expressed in the face of the Ukraine refugee crisis could “cast a spell” on the home secretary, says political sketch writer John Crace. Guardians.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she has “failed to read the room” although the rest of her team has been concerned about the mood of the country. She has presided over a “longstanding steadfast” approach to immigration, which means only refugees with close family ties to the UK can apply for a visa – “if they can find a visa application center that is open.”
“Enough is enough in the end, even for Tory’s toughest MPs,” Crace continued, though the only concession they could get from the cabinet secretary was: Refugees can fill out their visa application online.
The chaos of Interior OfficeCrace said the approach of the approach means that it is practically “a state of failure”. “No one could trust that Patel could organize an appropriate humanitarian response and so no one bothered to question her.”
After protesting “the asylum policy makes Scrooge look like Oxfam,” Tim Stanley said in walkie talkiethe government has “cooked up” a new policy in the form of the New Homes for Ukraine program, revealed by the promoted minister Michael Gove yesterday.
“Goodbye Priti Patel, hello Michael Gove,” said Stanley, who has called Gove’s leadership on the new project “a timbre transition from baseball bats to baby gloves.”
Gove appeared to be “comfortably commanding areas normally controlled by the home secretary” during his performance in the Commons, Quentin Letts agreed in Timeprompting one Gove loyalist to remark that they “expect more resistance” from the cabinet secretary when he takes over her “territory”.
Can Patel hold out?
Patel can continue, now, said HuffPostbut it may be “too late to restore” her “damaged reputation”.
Along with putting Gove in charge of the new government plan, the prime minister’s appointment of former Tory MP Richard Harrington as the new refugee minister, also sets him up for life as a counterpart. Both moves are “clear indications that Johnson is unhappy with Patel’s performance,” the news site said.
But while the past week “hurts her more than ever”, Patel still has some support in the right wing of the Conservative Party.
“Priti still has support from certain regions – she’s good at getting around parties and constituency associations and pushing the flesh,” said one former minister.
“She also has support from the party’s right, but the general view is that it’s either the home office that’s dysfunctional or that she simply doesn’t fit in with that,” they added.
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