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  • Wasted Warsi

    by Rumbold
    15th January, 2011 at 10:19 am    

    Baroness Warsi, the Chairwoman of the Conservative party, is under attack yet again from elements within her own party after criticising the right wing of the Conservative Party. This has led to renewed calls for her to be moved from her role, and extensive briefings characterising her as ‘gaffe prone’ and pointing out that David Cameron has already handed some of her responsibilities to someone else. There have been accusations hat she was only appointed as Chairwoman because Mr. Cameron wanted to show how the Conservative Party had changed by appointing a Muslim woman as head of it. I would like to see Baroness Warsi move on too, but not for the same reasons.

    I do not know about her competency in her present role, but she is wasted there. Prior to the general election she was Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, which has a faintly sinister ring, but she was an effective advocate in that position. She faced down both far-right and Islamist extremists: in Luton she was pelted by eggs thrown by Anjem’s Choudary’s gang. On Question Time she confidently bested Nick Griffin, a night which in hindsight was probably one of the BNP’s biggest setbacks. As a British Muslim woman too, her background meant her words often carried more weight, whether speaking on extremism or forced marriage.

    She has been a consistent opponent of forced marriages and ‘honour’-based violence, speaking out against them on numerous occasions and helping to research and combat forced marriage in Pakistan. For all the faults of the previous Labour government, they did make some progress in tackling ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage, from increasing funding for specialist police officers to establishing a Forced Marriage Unit. This momentum has stalled under the Conservatives. The most powerful advocate against such practices was Baroness Warsi, and her current role doesn’t really allow her to focus on these things, and who else in the Coalition is talking about this?

    Baroness Warsi should again become the Minister for Social Cohesion, because these issues need a competent champion.

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    1. leon — on 15th January, 2011 at 11:26 am  

      Social cohesion doesn’t sound sinister, sounds quite think tanky as a term really…bland and academic.

    2. Refresh — on 15th January, 2011 at 12:08 pm  

      Warsi, should stay on as Chair.

      Cameron has to face down his right-wing. I am somehow confident, Cameron would have been aware of her views. This so called right-wing should come out and say why they couldn’t make it to the constituency to help Kashif Ali.

      The reason why its an issue is because Cameron made the tactical decision to keep LibDems in the running.

      It would be disastrous for her to be pigeon-holed. She must not go back there.

      It would be good if we had an equivalent of Wikileaks at the party political level. The issues are pretty much the same - say one thing in public and do another behind their back’s.

    3. Sunny — on 15th January, 2011 at 6:22 pm  

      But I think you’re missing the point.

      The briefings against Warsi have inevitably come from the Tory right - but they would have been OKayed with Cameron’s team.

      I bet many of them were thinking the same, which is why no one at the top table has disowned her comments.

      If anything, she’s safer in her role now. After all, it was only a few months ago they were praising her on ConHome (which shows how moody they can be).

    4. Farah — on 15th January, 2011 at 7:00 pm  

      The fact that Warsi has been included as an obvious plastic token piece has done her no favours. Her knowledge of the North, the Asian community and Muslims is a unique position to be in, considering it’s an important dimension that the government lacks.

      She is wasted in her current role. Whether she’s fully competent in any position remains to be seen but setting her a more defined role may be a start. I’m disappointed in Warsi for not taking the initiative and raising awareness on some of the more important issues affecting Northern Asians in particular. She comes from West Yorkshire, one of the most segregated areas in the country, why not tackle integration? Why not tackle the northern ghettos? Why not engage with disengaged young Pakistani men? Why not reach out to those girls who leave school without any qualifications or aspirations?

      She may be safer in her current role, but her role is making no difference.

    5. Shamit — on 15th January, 2011 at 11:06 pm  

      “The briefings against Warsi have inevitably come from the Tory right – but they would have been OKayed with Cameron’s team.”

      Yeah that is the most partisan thing I ahve heard. Warsi is very much part of Cameron’s team - and briefings against leadership does not come with the okay of it.

      Ed Miliband and Ed Balls and McBride sought Balir’s team’s approval before they slated Alan milburn, stephen Byers or the PM or Mandelson- in fact, this government though a coalition has better relationships within government than the previous labour government.

      And to be honest, Tories in general are more open than Labour’s cabal mentality.

      I don’t buy that Tory right loves Cameron- they can’t do anything because the grassroots love him and secondly they don’t have that many back stabbers like miliband, balls and of course Brown in government.

    6. halima — on 16th January, 2011 at 1:04 am  

      I think Warsi should stay where she is, precisely for the reasons Refresh outlines.

      She’s a great speaker and opinion leader, I think she is a breathe of fresh air for the Conservative Party. That is a reason why some people might prefer to see her sidelined.

      I don’t know why she would be considered to be making more difference on social cohesion? Surely the one thing we know about the Equalities agenda is that we appoint Champions who are themselves in need of being influenced? (cough, cough).

    7. joanne — on 17th January, 2011 at 4:34 am  

      It is indeed strange that there has been not a peep out of Mr.Hundal about the Tunisian revolution. He nevertheless found the time to write opinion pieces on China, Burma and Iran’s crackdown on human rights.

      He even went so far as to advise us what we could do about Burma yet, when unarmed civilians were being shot at by police working for Ben Ali (pro-western, mind)we hear know such similar calls to get on to the Tunisian embassy.

    8. Rumbold — on 17th January, 2011 at 10:29 am  

      I think she can do some good as Chairwoman- but more in the role I have suggested for her, as at the moment a lot of people are trying to undermine her.

    9. justforfun — on 17th January, 2011 at 3:06 pm  

      Baroness Warsi - has she been elected by anyone?

      if she can’t get elected by a constituency then she represents only her political backers and perhaps her own conscience.

      So she should get nowhere near a Ministerial post, nor should any ‘Lord’. What she does as a political employee is the Conservative Party’s affair.


    10. Suburban Mafia — on 17th January, 2011 at 3:22 pm  

      Apologies in advance for objectifying women and judging them solely on appearances but I think Baroness Warsi is really fit.

    11. justforfun — on 17th January, 2011 at 3:48 pm  

      I too was hoping for pictures of Warsi wasted, but Rumbold is too much of a gentleman to publish his pics of her. Are they on his private facebook page?


    12. Mam Tor — on 18th January, 2011 at 11:41 am  

      Baroness Warsi should again become the Minister for Social Cohesion, because these issues need a competent champion.
      Warsi has no area of competency that would allow her a Ministerial role, she can happily sit as a advisor.

    13. Kismet Hardy — on 18th January, 2011 at 11:42 am  

      “I too was hoping for pictures of Warsi wasted”

      Damn your eyes I wanted that joke

    14. Rumbold — on 18th January, 2011 at 2:44 pm  

      There are a bunch of oiks on this thread.


      Who or what is a ‘facebook’?

    15. justforfun — on 18th January, 2011 at 4:44 pm  

      Kismet - sorry to spoil the pitch. Yours would have been better.

      A good philosophical question there Rumbold.
      - spawn of the Zionists ?
      - A NSFW version of Linkedin ?

      Who knows what Facebook is but I bet there is a professorship going somewhere in the subject.

      But stop avoiding the question - are your pics on your private page or not?


    16. Rumbold — on 18th January, 2011 at 5:34 pm  


      Heh. I have no private page: I am not on it in any guise.

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