Upon Amber Rudd’s decision to resign as Home Secretary, it seemed a prominent goal for the Conservative Party might have been to rapidly resolve the situation. The main reason for this might have been due to the impact changing the position may have on the stability of the party, and more broadly the public. They seemed to have adhered to this ideology, with Sajid Javid confirmed as Rudd’s successor and, whilst this may highlight Javid’s credentials as a politician, it may be important to focus on Rudd herself. She may be able to reassess her place and listen to public opinion on how she might be required to improve and, if she may adhere to this, she may reattain her place in Government. Therefore, whilst the Conservatives seem to have adapted, and produced a solution, Rudd personally may be able to productively use this period, showcasing her flexibility and willingness to innovate.
Whilst Rudd may, therefore, claim the focus, most notably due to her role in Windrush, Javid may naturally attain the plaudits. He seems to have been provided with an opportunity to drive the Government forwards, and play an integral part in reattaining support for the party in the aftermath of the predicament. Furthermore, the Government themselves seem to recognise the necessity to innovate, and in opting for Javid, they may be highlighting the faith they have in his credentials. As such, he may be further motivated to perform proficiently. With the Government having already altered a number of manifesto pledges in their quest to appeal to, and appease, the masses, this may be a similar action. Therefore, this may be a poignant opportunity for the Tories to further showcase their willingness to represent public opinion.
Alternatively, Rudd may claim solace from the support provided by other MP’s. Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom seem to have all assessed Rudd positively, with this potentially enabling the latter to draw upon these remarks made around her abilities as motivation. Considering the positions of these influencers, they may also play a key role in altering public opinion on Rudd, perhaps also important in making her pathway back into politics more viable. As such, the party seems to unite for a common cause, and with the debate around Brexit ongoing, this may be increasingly important.
Yet, whilst Rudd, and Javid, may claim the focus, the crowning glory of the situation may be the impact on the British public, with making their voices heard perhaps integral in ensuring this change. Considering accessibility to knowledge during the events seemed viable due to the internet, the public may have been increasingly well-informed on the situation. Therefore, they may have been better equipped to form an opinion, and with the debate around increased public involvement in politics ongoing, they may have showcased the reasoning surrounding why they warrant it. Other political parties may also seek to use the announcement to their advantage, as their actions may have also played a key role in Rudd’s decision. With Labour’s Diane Abbott, alongside Owen Jones, publicly vocalising their support of Rudd choosing this option, they may be highlighting their political power and enhancing their credibility. With Nigel Farage adopting a similar ideology, opportunities for politicians to advance seem plentiful.
Ultimately, Rudd may have performed proficiently throughout her tenure, and she seemed to be held in high stead by Theresa May, who nominated her to represent the party during the public electoral debate. Considering she was also a female MP, she may be regarded as a role model for women seeking a pathway into the occupation, and thus may have acted as motivation for the masses to create change. As such, she may be held in good stead for the future, and whilst Javid may have an opportunity now to advance his situation, Rudd may be aiming to use it to adapt. Having faced challenges during her tenure, most notably due to following on from May in the role, she may possess the required credentials to return to the future.
How might Rudd’s decision increase public knowledge of the Windrush situation?