Theresa May was not making it up

No, the Home Secretary did not make up the myth about the cat – she has people to do that kind of thing for her.

In her conference speech today, Theresa May said:

“We all know the stories about the Human Rights Act … The illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – and I am not making this up – he had pet a cat.”

debunked

David Allen Green, in the New Statesman blog answers the claim very eloquently, we feel the debunking deserves as much repetition as possible before the myth becomes accepted as fact. Even the most cursory dabble in research would have told the Rt Hon Lady that her words today would ultimately make her look foolish:

Donal McIntyre debunked this on Radio 5Live two years ago.

Tabloid Watch, perhaps not on Theresa May’s reading list, perhaps it should be?

Even the Daily Telegraph reported the cat was indicative of one of many reasons, and Theresa is bound to read that, so why twist even a half truth?

We think a retraction and an apology for misleading conference should be the least the Home Secretary should do.

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2 responses to “Theresa May was not making it up

  • Dalip

    They will go to any length to take away your rights, HUMAN RIGHTS, even if it means abusing the rights of a shared feline creature and its
    owner to a family life.

    This feline view :-

    “The illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – and I am not making this up – he had pet a cat.”

    If this is the level of intelect of the home secretary she should resign immediately she does not deserve to be in the post.

    The Home secretarys comment should not be allowed to die and should be quoted at every opportunity.

    The human rights of loved ones need to be taken into account, thank god we have sensible Judges applying the law.

    Do not allow this myth to cloud the real issue, they are just blaming the immigrant for their own incompetence and the desire to take away the few human rights we have in this country.

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