‘Go home or face arrest’ vans approved while she was on holiday – May’s former special adviser

‘Go home or face arrest’ vans approved while she was on holiday – May’s former special adviser
The calamitous ‘go home or face arrest’ vans that were paraded through London in 2013 were “revived and approved” while then-home secretary Theresa May was on holiday, according to her former special adviser Nick Timothy.

In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Timothy wrote: "As home secretary, Theresa May was criticized for the notorious ‘go home or face arrest’ vans that were deployed in 2013. In fact, she blocked the proposal, but it was revived and approved in a communications plan while she was on holiday. She killed off the scheme later that year, but by then the damage had been done."

The mobile billboards that toured six London boroughs were designed to encourage illegal immigrants to leave the UK as part of May’s “hostile environment” strategy. It drew widespread criticism, with then-shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper suggesting they had borrowed “the language of the 1970s National Front.”

The latest claim from Timothy may call into question what other controversial policies that could have been approved without Theresa May’s consent because of holiday leave.

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Could it be that Theresa May had a really bad phone signal while trekking up Snowdonia, and didn’t actually sign off on the ‘Dementia Tax,’ a vote to legalize fox-hunting, ending the triple-lock on pensions, axing universal free school meals for five- to seven-year olds, and the introduction of new grammar schools? All of these policies were subsequently dropped from the Queen’s speech after the 2017 general election.

Or did May have so little control over her department that stand-out policies were made without her approval?

For now though, we can all wait with bated breath for the next Nick Timothy disclosure on Theresa May. Could it be that, fresh from another walking holiday, he heard her say: “You’ve promised the DUP how much so that we can remain in power?!” Surely not!

Omar Baggili, RT Journalist

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