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'How stupid do they think we are?' David Lammy and caller discuss Conservatives' 'failed' Rwanda plan
26 November 2023, 17:03 | Updated: 26 November 2023, 19:00
David Lammy on the government's failed Rwanda plan
Conservative MP James Cleverly has said that the Rwanda plan is not the "be all and end all", but after Rishi Sunak made it one of his five pledges David Lammy asks: "How stupid do they think we are?"
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"My view of what Cleverly has said, is that the revamped Rwanda plan or approach is not going to work so they are setting up the narrative for pulling back from Rwanda or realising that they are going to get defeated," the caller began.
"They are realising even the revised version is going to go down the proverbial," Andrea said in reference to Rishi Sunak's new Rwanda plan, after the first was denied by the Supreme Court.
Noting Rwanda as one of the Conservative government's "flagship" policies, David replied: "the point is, how stupid do they think we are?"
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With 'stop the boats' at the top of the Prime Minister's five pledges as well as former Home Secretaries Priti Patel and Suella Braverman making Rwanda the "centre piece" of their immigration plans, David said: "You've got to be a better magician than Paul Daniels to try to take it away and think nobody's noticed."
Sacked Home Secretary Ms Braverman had cited the Rwanda plan as a "world-beating" model on tackling the crisis but has since stated that even a revised plan would be unsuccessful.
“There is no longer any chance of stopping the boats within the current legal framework... tinkering with a failed plan will not stop the boats,” she wrote for The Telegraph in November.
Sending illegal immigrants to Rwanda was described by Braverman as her "dream" but the current Home Secretary has said that "the mission is to stop the boats" and "there are multiple methods".