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The Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been sacked by Rishi Sunak in a cabinet reshuffle, in the fall-out from an article in the Times criticising the Met Police over pro-Palestine protests
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Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been sacked by Rishi Sunak in a reshuffle, after being widely blamed for stirring up anti-Palestine animosity which spilled over into violence at the weekend.
The Fareham MP published an article criticising the Met Police for "playing favourites" over the recent pro-Palestine protests in London. She hit out at the police force in the Times for not blocking the planned Armistice Day protests, but did so without the clearance of her boss in Downing Street.
If someone who wrote for a paper full-time did something like this, without an editor's approval, we would expect to be hauled over hot coals for it. And indeed, the While the Prime Minister said last week he had "full confidence" in his Home Secretary, today he wielded the axe.
While people's opinions on the marches may vary, there can be no doubt that the police are doing everything they can to simply keep the peace - as is their job. At the first pro-Palestine march in London nine arrests were made, with protesters and counter-protesters alike ending up in handcuffs. Comments like Braverman's could make officers second guess themselves in a situation where quick thinking is essential.
In the Times she wrote: “Right-wing and nationalist protesters who engage in aggression are rightly met with a stern response yet pro-Palestinian mobs displaying almost identical behaviour are largely ignored, even when clearly breaking the law? I have spoken to serving and former police officers who have noted this double standard.
“Football fans are even more vocal about the tough way they are policed as compared to politically connected minority groups favoured by the left."
How can she say this for certain? Just because her husband Rael religiously watches Match of the Day at the weekends does not make her the arbiter of football fandom.
How do I know this fact, you might ask? Well funnily enough, I went to their wedding celebration all those years ago.
In February 2018 (belated happy fifth anniversary btw) Suella and Rael invited the great and the good of Hampshire to celebrate their marriage. Working for The News, Portsmouth at the time - a sister title of National World - I was cordially invited to join the festivities.
A fresh-faced reporter keen to make a good impression, I decided to switch up my interview approach and make things a bit more fun. I sat Suella and Rael down for a game of Mr and Mrs, to see just how well they knew each other.
Questions such as "who hogs the TV remote" and "who snores at night" brought a sparkle to Rael's eyes, but despite her laughter I couldn't help but get the feeling Suella wasn't enjoying herself. That is, until I asked the final question - "who would make a better Prime Minister?"
Some political analysts feel Braverman has been playing the long game in a bid to finally secure the top job in Downing Street. If she does secure her dream job down the line, she'll be facing plenty more tough questions - and maybe then Mr and Mrs won't look quite so bad.