Questions have been raised about Diane Abbott’s ability and suitability to handle her new brief as Shadow Home Secretary, when her maiden speech in the post focuses on the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, which was her remit days earlier.
Diane Abbott is more used to sharing the television couch with former Home Secretaries than understanding the remit herself, with her only connections with the Home Office being a short stint there following leaving university.
Even as the Labour Party conference came to an end, Diane Abbott focused more on her previous brief as Shadow Health Secretary rather than her new position as Shadow Home Secretary. “The difference between Labour & Tory values is extremely stark in relation to the NHS – my recent Guardian piece” she posted on Twitter, linking to an article about the health service rather than home affairs.
The appointment of Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary has already led to Crocels Museums Libraries and Archives updating its policies on its acquisitions. “Crocels has an increasing collection of books relating to Home Secretaries and Shadow Home Secretaries,” said Chartered Librarian and Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who coordinates the collections. “However, we will not be acquiring any books or publications by or about Diane Abbott because we are not willing to give a platform to those who hold racially extreme views, as she does.
“Crocels aims to support the transfer of knowledge on crime prevention and giving a platform to Diane Abbott would go contrary to that, as she advocates racist policies against people who come from Caucasian backgrounds.“