Here are Braverman’s controversial statements – including against Pakistanis

Home Secretary Suella Braverman QC walks outside 10 Downing Street, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Britain on September 9, 2022.  - Reuters
Home Secretary Suella Braverman QC walks outside 10 Downing Street, following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Britain on September 9, 2022. – Reuters

Suella Braverman, who was removed from the post of Britain’s Home Secretary, was often in the headlines due to her controversial statements, especially against refugees and ethnic minorities.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Braverman from the cabinet in a surprise cabinet reshuffle on Monday after he was accused of inciting tension and racial hatred over Armistice Day protests and said London police Had sided with leftist pro-Palestine protesters.

But controversy is nothing new for the now ousted security czar during his tenure.

Braverman resigned from the same job when Liz Truss was Prime Minister, before being brought back into government by Rishi Sunak a week later. BBC,

Braverman’s major controversial statements

In April this year, the former UK Home Secretary said that British-Pakistani people “hold cultural values ​​contrary to British values”.

in an interview with sky NewsBraverman also alleged that British-Pakistani men worked in child exploitation rings or networks that targeted “vulnerable white English girls”.

A British Home Office report on group-based child sexual abuse published in 2020 reported that research on perpetrator ethnicity is limited, and relies on poor-quality data.

However, it highlighted studies that show white men make up the majority of offenders compared to Asian or black men.

During the interview Braverman was informed of the report’s findings, but added that British Pakistani men “view women as inferior and illegitimate and who adopt an outdated and frankly disgusting approach in terms of their behaviour”. .

The Foreign Office of Pakistan and the Pakistani expatriate in Britain criticized his “discriminatory and xenophobic” comments.

Foreign Office spokeswoman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch condemned Braverman’s comments, which she said “paint a highly misleading picture suggesting an intention to target British Pakistanis and treat them differently”.

mocking refugees

“I would love the cover of this Wire “To fly a plane to Rwanda, that’s my dream, that’s my passion.”

This was said at an event at the Conservative Party conference last year, shortly after Liz Truss was appointed as Home Secretary. She was referring to the government’s asylum scheme, under which asylum seekers who cross the Channel to Britain will be offered a one-way ticket to Rwanda, where they can claim asylum instead. BBC,

Braverman faced criticism from refugee groups and others for downplaying the plight of those in need.

confidential email

One of Braverman’s first acts as Home Secretary was to push through Parliament a plan to restrict the right to protest to prevent highly disruptive stunts by groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, such as motorway occupations.

He accused the opposition of colluding with eco-protesters because a previous version of the measures had failed to garner enough support.

“I fear it is the Labor Party, the Lib Dems, a coalition of anarchists, Guardian-reading, tofu-eating wokerati and, dare I say it, anti-growth coalitions that we have to thank for the disruption today. Watching our streets.”

“I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility: I resign.”

19 October 2022: The next day, Braverman sensationally quit as Home Secretary, admitting a serious mistake.

He sent a confidential and sensitive government email to his own Gmail account and then forwarded it to his confidant and Tory backbencher, John Hayes.

However, the real story here was timing. The incident happened some time ago – and his resignation came when Liz Truss was in crisis and her government in turmoil.

In his resignation letter, Braverman accused the embattled prime minister of breaking major pledges. The following day, Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister. Less than a week later, Mrs Braverman’s serious ministerial error was forgiven by the new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak – and she was back in the same job.


“The British people deserve to know which party is serious about stopping attacks on our south coast.”

Political tensions had been rising for months over small boat crossings – and in late October 2022, a man bombed the government’s arrival center for migrants at the docks of Dover. Separately, independent inspectors warned that conditions at a migrant reception camp were “poor”.

Braverman came out fighting in the Commons, but a few days later, he faced Joan Salter, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor in her constituency.

She said, “When I hear you use words like ‘herds’ and ‘invasion’ against refugees, I am reminded of the language that has been used to dehumanize and justify the murder of my family and millions of others.” Was done for.”

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