Following Theresa May’s disastrous unveiling of her latest Brexit plan, Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned stating he was “unpersuaded” and that the plan would mean Parliament’s control would be nothing more than an illusion. She has replaced David Davis with another hardline Brexiteer – Dominic Raab. But who is the new Brexit Secretary?
Raab bolstered the Oxbridge ranks of the Tory Party
Dominic Raab was a part of David Cameron’s Oxbridge MP intake during the 2010 General Election, having previously served as the Chief of Staff to the man he is now replacing at the Department for Exiting the European Union, David Davis. Raab also served on Vote Leave’s Campaign Committee and has been a prominent backer of a hard Brexit.
He has some disturbing views on privatising the NHS
While Dominic Rabb was Housing Minister, it was revealed he was part of a Facebook group calling for the return of workhouses for those in poverty and debt, and advocating the privatisation of the NHS. The idea of privatisation in the NHS isn’t new to Raab, having championed David Cameron’s top-down restructuring of the NHS as an MP to calling for massive regulation reform during the junior doctor’s strike – saying doctors were “holding the NHS to ransom”.
He has even expressed support for Donald Trump’s trade actions, actions that could see our NHS opened up to American private companies.
He also dismissed the idea of £350 million going to the NHS post-Brexit, despite the Vote Leave bus pledge
The Housing Minister, Dominic Raab tells @GMB he thinks the campaign promising £350million for the NHS post-Brexit was 'sloppy'. Today marks one year until the UK leaves the EU. pic.twitter.com/TEJ6AOUFYP
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 29, 2018
Despite the well documented £350 million for the NHS pledge, generally regarded as a major reason for the Leave campaign’s victory, Raab has attempted to dismiss it as a minor factor and a “sloppy” promise. It’s clear neither he or his government intend to keep it.
Days after the Independence referendum, Raab started calling for the scrapping of the Barnett Formula
— Ross Colquhoun (@rosscolquhoun) July 9, 2018
Despite David Cameron issuing the Vow and pledging to protect Scotland’s funding, days after the Independence referendum, Dominic Rabb called on the UK government to scrap the Barnett formula and implement EVEL – saying not doing so would be “selling out the English”.
Raab’s views on his government overseeing the rapid rise of food bank use is even more concerning
— Grant Costello (@GrantDCostello) July 9, 2018
Dominic Raab said that “the typical user of a food bank is not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem”, illustrating just how disconnected he and his government are from everyday life. Under this Tory government, child poverty is rising and more families are resorting to food banks to feed themselves. The number of children using food banks has increased by almost 2,500 per cent in Scotland under the Tories.
But he does appear to fit well into Theresa May’s nasty party
Theresa May supposedly ‘slapped down’ Dominic Raab’s comments regarding the implementation of the Equality Act in 2011, where he claimed: “from the cradle to the grave, men are getting a raw deal. Men work longer hours, die earlier, but retire later than women. That won’t be fixed for another seven years.” The seven years reference was regarding the Tories pensions reforms that are pushing millions of WASPI women into poverty.
Although he’s not the most ‘strong and stable’ on the economy
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) July 9, 2018
It’s been over eight years since the Tories took office and the people of Scotland are paying a high price for the decisions they have taken. £200 billion on Trident, £50 billion on the Tories bungled Brexit negotiations and a £2.6 billion cut to Scotland’s budget – that’s some long term economic plan.