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Baroness Warsi’s resignation letter: the key points

5 August 2014

Now that Baroness Warsi has revealed her letter to the Prime Minister in which she resigns over Gaza, here are the key criticisms that she levels at the government. They are notably not just about Operation Protective Edge and the British government’s response to it. She doesn’t resign until the penultimate paragraph, after a long letter that is clearly designed to cause maximum damage.

1. British policy in the Middle East generally is ‘morally indefensible’.

Warsi includes the current conflict in that, and warns that it could wreak long-term on Britain’s international reputation:

‘My view has been that our policy in relation to the Middle East Peace Process generally but more recently our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long-term detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically.’

She accuses the government of betraying its own values, saying ‘I believe our approach in relation to the current conflict is neither consistent with our values, specifically our commitment to the rule of law and our long history of support for international justice’.

2. The reshuffle damaged the government’s efficacy.

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She points particularly to the sackings of two experienced – and moderate – colleagues, saying:

‘In many ways the absence of the experience and expertise of colleagues like Ken Clarke and Dominic Grieve has over the last few weeks become very apparent.’

It is one thing to thank colleagues for the experience they have brought to government, quite another to suggest that the government is now weak and making poor decisions because they are not there.

3. The Foreign Office – including other ministers – was uneasy about the decisions being taken.

‘There is however great unease across the Foreign Office, amongst both Ministers and senior officials, in the way recent decisions are being made’.

Warsi suggests that her ministerial colleagues were unhappy about decisions. They will now certainly all be asked whether or not they were.

4. Gaza could become a basis for radicalisation.

This is an interesting line, given Warsi was reportedly opposed to the Prime Minister’s strategy for tackling non-violent extremism. She argues that ‘early evidence from the Home Office and others shows that the fallout of the current conflict and the potential for the crisis in Gaza and our response to it becoming a basis for radicalisation could have consequences for us for years to come’.

5. Conditional support for the Prime Minister.

The big question is what on earth is Warsi going to do next? Will she publish those diaries? Will she give a really awkward interview to a newspaper or broadcaster? Will she continue to support David Cameron? She uses her closing paragraph to give Cameron some indication, and it hinges on a condition:

‘You will continue to have my personal support as leader of the Conservative Party as you continue to ensure that our Party evolves to meet the challenges we face in Britain today and ensure that the Party is relevant and responsive to all communities that make up today’s Britain.’

That ‘as’ (my emphasis) functions as the ‘if’ in this sentence. If David Cameron ensures his party modernises and appeals to all communities, then Warsi can support him. But if he does not, then presumably she can argue in public that the Tories are stuck in the past and that they offer nothing for the ethnic minority communities they want to attract.

She does praise her colleagues William Hague and Eric Pickles. But there is nothing in there that praises the Prime Minister at all, other than that it has been a privilege to serve in his Shadow Cabinet and Cabinet.

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  • monkey for sale

    The lady is not for fighting Islamism.

    • Liz

      The Kindergarten Jihadists.

  • monkey for sale

    Warsi, like so many of her faith, is a muslim first,second and third. Labour had the disaster of the mayor of Tower Hamlets to teach them a lesson ( but they’ll learn nothing from it) this is a harsh lesson for the Tories.

    Islam is not and never has been a religion, it’s an ideology. Warsi could have resigned on any of the wars in the world where muslims are killing their ‘brothers’, but she did not. She resigned when non-muslims where killing muslims.

    Incidentally, what is Israel doing that we are not doing: fighting Islamism. She was never keen on fighting Islamism though, was she.

  • Archibald Heatherington

    Of course, she was a great asset to the government, and certainly wasn’t there because she happened to be not just an ethnic minority but also a woman.

    Thank goodness she’s gone, the ineffective, contentious nuisance. I presume she’d have resigned if we’d done anything other than provide support for Hamas (which we do anyway, through various aid channels)!

  • Damaris Tighe

    She has couched her objection to the government’s stance on Gaza as “not in the national interest” but I suspect that Britain’s national interest has nothing to do with it.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Well that’s one embarrassment Cameron will not have to worry about anymore

  • MikeF

    ‘Communities’ – a weasel word meaning in reality a fragmented society full of ethnically-defined interest groups and a concept therefore diamterically opposed to the notion of a ‘national interest’ which Ms Warsi cites elsewhere and which shows the facile contradictory nature of her politics. The best interest of ‘ethnic minorities’ is that there is no political gain to be made from the concept of such things.

  • Augustus

    “In an interview with the Huffington Post, Warsi said: ‘Our position not to recognise Palestinian statehood at the UN in November 2012 placed us on the wrong side of history and is something I deeply regret not speaking out against at the time.'”

    Wrong side of History?

    From The Times 4/8/14:

    “An 18-year-old Palestinian youth was arrested after three Molotov cocktails were hurled at the Bergische synagogue in Wuppertal in western Germany in a failed attempt to set it on fire. The symbolism of the target has not been lost on the Jewish community, which rebuilt the synagogue after it was burnt to the ground on Kristallnacht against Jews in November 1938.”

  • Raddiy

    This is exactly the problem when you start pandering to vested and minority interests. The reality is the majority view in the country should prevail, there have been a number of polls that clearly show the majority of the British population want no involvement whatsoever in other peoples wars. What is important is the defence of our 1000 year democracy, culture and values, warts and all. We owe nothing to the lunatics who are committed to destroying everything we value, and we should never forget that Gaza voted for the terrorists of Hamas to govern them, when the crocodile tears are pouring out from the lefties.

    if the Muslim population of the UK has a problem with that, then tough sh*t, nobody is stopping any of them upping sticks with their families, and joining their religious brothers in fighting for, or defending whatever branch of the medieval religion of hate they choose to follow, Their lunacy, their wars, their intolerance, just let them get on and destroy each other, the world will be a better place without the pestilence of Islam.

    An object lesson for government, from which it will no doubt learn nothing whatsoever.

    • Augustus

      “if the Muslim population of the UK has a problem with that, then tough sh*t, nobody is stopping any of them upping sticks…”

      As long as they are not allowed back in and their passports confiscated.

  • David Prentice

    Why the selective morality? Why does Islamic terror get a free pass from the Left and their useful idiots (Warsi) but Israel defending itself is news 24/7?

  • Fak_Zakaix

    Asians VS Asians on EUROPEAN soil…

  • Peter Stroud

    “My view has been that our policy in relation to the Middle East Peace Process generally but more recently our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long-term detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically.”

    Not in Britain’s national interest? Not in British Muslim’s interest, is more likely. So what will the long term detrimental impact be? Another spate of Muslim demonstrations, or worse? When will this awful woman criticise ISIS for murdering Christians? Or the gang of Islamists still holding two hundred young kidnapped girls.

  • ADW

    Warsi is one of those people who could have resigned in secret and no-one would ever have known. She falls into the category of those who are paid to do a job, yet no-one wants what she contributes even if she did it for free. The Tories always want to cut public spending – how about not replacing Warsi and seeing if anyone notices

  • Rajmohan

    May be she has plans to join Hamas cabinet!

    • MaxSceptic

      As she’ll be covered in a niqab this may be a desirable outcome.

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  • Colonel Mustard

    Weird view on radicalisation, similar to that peddled by telemachus. In essence it seems to go that one must appease radicals abroad in order to prevent radicals here who support them from engaging in “extremism”. Probably better to run a false flag operation of “Volunteers for Hamas”, facilitating a one way journey to a place where there is a government that knows how to deal with them.

    But the whole thing is really just a ‘flounce’, as telemachus might say…

  • MaxSceptic

    Resigning over Gaza, eh?

    Not Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or the god-awful mess that is her ancestral homeland. Nope, Gaza. Trust the ‘Zionists’ to ruin such a promising career…

    Good riddance!

    • Shazza

      She resigns because the Government refuses to sanction terrorist atrocities.

      So she supports people who hand out sweets in the street and celebrate after atrocities such as 9/11, 7/7, etc.

      Why did she not resign over the following?
      Christian Copts being slaughtered by Morsi’s gang in Egypt?
      Christians being slaughtered by moslems in the ME, Africa etc.?
      Are we to infer that she only objects when non-moslems defend themselves from being slaughtered by moslems?

      So she resigns when Israel objects to the koranic injunction as per Hamas’s charter to not only destroy Israel, but all Jewish people.

    • ADW

      Got it in one.

    • Graham Thompson


      She’s not resigning over Israel’s actions, she’s resigning over the UK government supporting them.

      If the UK government supported Assad or ISIS, then you’d have a point.

      • Damaris Tighe

        In that case she could have resigned over PM ‘I’m a Christian’ Cameron’s silence over the situation of Christians in Iraq

        • Graham Thompson

          If Cameron publically defended the persecution of christians in Iraq, then you’d have a point.

          • ADW

            But this is the point – Cameron meddled in Libya (a lost cause, as with so many Arab countries) and thus implicated himself in the slaughter there; and never breathes a word about the persecution of Christians across that region and the MIddle East. Silence in the face of oppression is siding with the oppressors.

            • Graham Thompson

              I imagine that, if you really try, you can probably appreciate the difference between silence and public support.

              I’m not saying that silence is not culpable, but they are clearly not the same thing.

              If Cameron had publically announced that the British government supported the right of muslim militias to enforce religious homogenity in their local areas, you woud see that as a bit different to silence.

    • CharlietheChump

      An over promoted nonentity

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