An interview with Sayeeda Warsi


by Rumbold
28th February, 2010 at 10:14 am    

The Independent today has an interview with Baroness Warsi, the shadow communities minister. It is an interesting look at a quietly impressive performer, who, even if you don’t agree with everything she has to say, seems like someone who will be able to handle her role well:

But Warsi says the problem with 13 years of Labour government is that money has been pumped into deprived, mainly Labour, areas, with very little to show for it. As with previous Tory governments, she says, there will be a “retrenchment of the state”, but the difference under Cameron is that people will not be left entirely alone: voluntary groups, social entrepreneurs or individual activists will be paid to set up community projects. Warsi calls it a “franchise model”.

Surely the last thing deprived estates need is cuts. She replies: “Clearly, if the solution to all their problems was money, we would have solved it, wouldn’t we? That should send out a strong signal to say: actually, money is not always the answer.”


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  1. Mo — on 28th February, 2010 at 12:39 pm  

    “… therefore, withdrawal of money must be.”

  2. chairwoman — on 28th February, 2010 at 1:24 pm  

    I watched her being interviewed on the news this morning.

    Calm and unflappable, an extremely impressive performer.

  3. terry fitz — on 28th February, 2010 at 1:45 pm  

    Yes I agree, totally against political correctness and all that all black shorlist nonsence which as we know just gives us people like Keith,( wanabuy a passport guv),Vaz and not the sharpest knife in anyones drawer Diane Abbott.

    I notice that people like her who actually do have ability won,t touch crooks like Simon Wooley with a barge pole and she was the best one on the Questiontime panel. Three times she posed the question about immigration fuelling the BNP and no one on the panel would touch it. Bonney Greer came across as useless.

  4. Bill Corr — on 28th February, 2010 at 3:01 pm  

    Tremendous performer, brilliant, outstanding [and so on ...]

    But here’s the reality:

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/5796657/no-longer-londonistan-but-hamastan.thtml

  5. Muslim — on 28th February, 2010 at 3:10 pm  

    Bill Corr the “reality” is Melanie Phillips (Mad Mel) is a far-right loon who even Harrys Place now want nothing to do with and whose articles have appeared on the BNP’s website.

    Still nice to know where you’re coming from

  6. Don — on 28th February, 2010 at 6:01 pm  

    Oh,I think we have always known where Bill was coming from.

  7. Random Guy — on 1st March, 2010 at 1:16 pm  

    AHAHHAHAHAH EPIC LOLs for the Mel Philips link. Still wiping the tears away from my eyes. Even more lolz for someone using her work as any basis for debate.

    W.r.t Warsi, it all sounded interesting until she said “Franchise model”. Dearie me.

  8. joe90 — on 2nd March, 2010 at 9:46 pm  

    Warsi the token ethnic in the conservative party she talks big unfortunately she represents a party which only cares for elite rich brits especially ones who don’t pay tax in britain!

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