EXCLUSIVE: Rishi Sunak has lacked moral leadership over the protests and police have let the British people down: Suella Braverman reveals what she REALLY thinks (and yes, she IS named after Sue Ellen in Dallas)
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
When Suella Braverman was born in 1980, Britain was gripped by Dallas, the American TV series starring Larry Hagman as Texan oil magnate J R Ewing who is gunned down by a mystery assailant.
Mrs Braverman’s mother Uma was so hooked on the programme she named her daughter after JR’s long-suffering, shoulder pad-wearing wife Sue Ellen: it morphed into Suella after her teachers objected to the hyphen she placed between her Christian names.
The tensions came to a head over a newspaper article Mrs Braverman wrote earlier this month in which she accused the police of ‘double standards’ for giving the go-ahead for a pro-Palestine march on Armistice Day, arguing that they appeared to care more about avoiding ‘flak’ than ensuring public safety.
In her first interview since leaving the Home Office on Monday – and firing off a devastating letter a day later in which she accused Mr Sunak of reneging on a secret deal she struck with him before supporting him as leader – Mrs Braverman describes her sacking as ‘a bit odd’ because Downing Street had agreed she should write the article.
Mrs Braverman, who received the call from the Prime Minister on her way into Parliament at breakfast time on Monday, reveals that Mr Sunak told her the article ‘wasn’t the right thing to do’.
She says: ‘It was a bit odd because on the Wednesday we had agreement with Number 10 that I should write an article for The Times. We had put a draft together and exchanged versions with the team at Number 10 so I find it all very confusing.
‘On the one hand they gave us permission and then the reason that he cited in the call was that he wasn’t happy with the op-ed in The Times.’
She adds: ‘I was making it clear that after a month of these marches, the police needed to do better and they were letting down the British people, they were letting down the majority, they were letting down the Jewish community and I can only conclude that the Prime Minister didn’t agree with that sentiment.’