Amber rudd is the best person to rectify the mistakes of the windrush scandal – and if she does well she could be prime minister the independent

The ongoing Windrush debacle is just the tip of the iceberg as far as immigration policy and control in this country is concerned. The policy is not suited to the needs of the country and the ongoing administration, and application of the policy is inconsistent and lacks transparency. The Windrush cases seem to indicate that this lack of transparency is deliberate, which is unacceptable.

Politicians of all parties are calling for the home secretary to resign. They do so for political reasons. I am all for accountability, but there is a mess to be sorted out here and I believe that Amber Rudd is the best person available to do it. If she fails, then hold her accountable.


If she succeeds, she might just be the next prime minister.

Perhaps the French could lend us Emmanuel Macron for a year or two, to sort out the appalling state of British politics. He even speaks more measured, literate and coherent English than our leaders’ silly, petulant and self-satisfied despatch box soundbites.

With prime minister Macron, the vast middle ground of British voters would then have a credible and inspiring leader to vote for at the next election, instead of the second rate, ideologically driven and depressingly uncharismatic individuals leading our two main political parties. Both May and Corbyn are politicking and muddling their incompetent way into marginally different versions of what would in either case be a disastrous Brexit for the UK.

What is it with Donald Trump and holding hands, small as his are reported to be. First it was Theresa May “helping” him down some steps, now the appalling picture of him leading Emanuel Macron like a dog on a lead. It seems Melania is not the only one who doesn’t want to hold his hand.

The plastic pact announced by 40 companies is a good start but doesn’t go far enough. To eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic is obviously welcome, as is making all plastic recyclable and ensuring that 70 per cent is actually recycled. But I am very suspicious of the word “unnecessary”.

Where is the equally important commitment to replace plastic packaging, however easily recyclable, with non-plastic, more easily, less fossil fuel-dependant alternatives – and will we see an end to those infuriating combinations of cardboard and plastic that accompany so many products?

It is absolutely impossible to set a shopping bag, handbag or purse down on many counters nowadays, and as someone with poor feeling in my hands and spinal problems it is becoming a real issue to pay and pack away my purchased items without extreme difficulty.

Added to that, many of these stores are now instructing shop assistants to offer (for that read “sell up”) a succession of these random items to every customer – cookies, large bars of chocolate, batteries, reduced items, seasonal goods… anything and everything.

How I agree with Maurice Curran ( Letters) in his suggestion that honour killings should instead be described as dishonour killings. Similarly, instead of saying that a group has “claimed responsibility” for a bombing outrage, we should instead say has “admitted guilt”.

In one of those “odd news items” in a recent newspaper was the story that UK schools are removing analogue clocks from exam rooms and replacing them with digital ones as the students cannot read analogue ones and keep asking: “How long to go?”

Meanings evolve, context matters, and consumers aren’t stupid. They know a veggie version from an animal flesh-based one, but associations with the names of familiar animal-based meats and milks help create their gustatory expectations. No one who orders a veggie burger, drinks almond milk or eats cashew cheese feels they’re being duped.

More than that, the etymology of these words reveal that they have less to do with the animals than we think: in English, the original meaning of the word meat was “food in general” – and we still use that meaning today in sweetmeat, coconut meat and the meat of a nut.

The word underwent the same evolution in French. The word viande (meat) also originally meant food in general – not simply the flesh of animals for consumption. That word became narrowed over time, but its ‘root vivere’ remains, meaning ‘to live’. In its current usage, viande represents anything but life.