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Knives out for Warsi in reshuffle

28 March 2014

3:04 PM

28 March 2014

3:04 PM

After a few weeks of Boris vs George, Conservatives are now starting to gossip about something a little more immediate: a post-European elections reshuffle. I understand that the Prime Minister is currently experiencing concerted lobbying from many ministers and backbenchers to remove Baroness Warsi from her post as ‘senior minister of state’ after her decision to wave about a front page on the ‘Eton Mess’ in Number 10 on ITV’s The Agenda a few weeks ago. There was fury at a senior level in the Conservative party about Warsi’s behaviour: she was punching her party’s bruise on class. One minister says: ‘She should be dropped down a hole and a lid put on the top. She knew what she was doing, she’s not naive.’ Others are furious that she seems to repeatedly get away with behaviour that would land a humble backbencher in hot water, let alone a minister (or indeed a ‘senior minister of state’, which was a title invented just for Warsi).

Warsi did not receive the same ‘right royal bollocking’ from the Prime Minister that Michael Gove did for his FT interview, even though Warsi’s intervention was arguably more deliberate. But I hear the reason she wasn’t scolded by the PM was that he may just dispense with her at the reshuffle, if he dares. He’ll have to have nerves of steel to do so, though, as he and his allies are acutely aware of the trouble she could cause if she does leave the government. But some senior Tories are reasonably confident that this time David Cameron really will sack Warsi.

It’s worth reading Iain Dale’s excellent diary on ConHome this morning with other rumours about who could move. He suggests that Andrew Lansley could leave the government in the shuffle. Some insiders still think Lansley could get the European Commissioner job. Ken Clarke is another figure who may well leave – and be quite happy to do so – in favour of a younger (and possibly female) face. That younger new face could be a eurosceptic, too, as Clarke’s roving brief touches on European reform: it would be cheering for backbenchers to see someone hungry to help renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe.

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  • KingGreen

    Warsi – a perfect example of the enemy within

  • Anton

    Did Theresa May not also make a right mess of things when they burning down London a couple of years back! People seem to forget that

  • tamimisledus

    If Cameron gets rid of Warsi, who will there be to write his “these behaviours have nothing to do with real islam” speeches? Or do you think he writes them himself?

  • Tony_E

    I have long thought that Baroness Warsi has no place in the front line of Conservative politics. She comes across as a stuck up schoolmistress, telling her lessers what they think and say.

    And to frank, I don’t need the instruction.

  • DrCoxon

    Best move would be resignation of Cameron.

  • Tubby_Isaacs

    She’s not the most impressive performer I’ve ever seen, and wasn’t up to the Chairman role, though better than Shapps.
    But she ought to have walked out after Cameron fobbed her off with her current job.

  • The PrangWizard of England

    He won’t sack her, he hasn’t got the guts, and anyway he falls over himself to appease Muslims.

  • tpellow
  • swatnan

    As suggested on another thread, time for Sayeeda to defect to Labour.
    The Tories have never really understood BAME or Equalities or Diversity or Multiculturalism or Europe or Immigration. And no amount of education will convince them otherwise.

    • Colonel Mustard

      What, you mean they don’t have a plan to ethnically cleanse the white English, to exert fatal pressure on our infrastructure and sustainability or to create a warring sectarian state?

    • James Strong

      F*** equality.
      The only equality we need is equality before the law.
      And f*** multiculturalism. Western culture is the best that mankind has yet produced.

    • Tony_E

      Equality is simply that – equality. Equality under the law, the common law and the statute law.

      This law shapes the traditions and heritage of a country and its institutions.

      When you come here from another place, then you must accept the institutions and traditions of this country, it’s laws customs and practices and expect no special representation other than already exists for any other subject of Her Majesty.

      There is one culture – British culture. There is one Law, there is one society.

      Labour, the progressive left and the members of many of the pressure groups that press the idea of ‘multiculturalism’ fail to understand either their own constituencies or the general good of the country.

      A country can be multi ethnic, but it can never be multicultural. It’s simply a code word for continually divided.

    • RaymondDance

      “The Tories have never really understood BAME or Equalities or Diversity or Multiculturalism or Europe or Immigration.”

      That’s good news.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Ken Clarke is another figure who may well leave – and be quite happy to
    do so – in favour of a younger (and possibly female) face. That younger
    new face could be a eurosceptic, too, as Clarke’s roving brief touches
    on European reform: it would be cheering for backbenchers to see someone
    hungry to help renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe.

    Too little too late. Cameron could remove Clarke, Wet Willy EUnuch & Liddington and it would not improve his street cred on the EU. All such piddling gestures indicate is how insincere and manipulative Cameron is.

    His treatment of Warsi is typical of his double standards which in so many ways reflect the hypocrisy and duplicity of the Blair government he so admired…..

    • Tubby_Isaacs

      ” which in so many ways reflect the hypocrisy and duplicity of the Blair government”

      I knew it would be his fault!

      • FuglydeQuietzapple

        Ironically Thatcher, Blair and Miliband have all been thought weak before their first electoral triumphs and premierships.

  • Rocksy

    I’ve been in space for a while. How did this woman get to be a baroness?

    • Kitty MLB

      I think they thought she seemed promising and Conservative, she also ticked
      a few PC boxes. Yet was unable to win a seat… So I believe becoming a
      Baroness solved a few problems.

      • Rocksy

        Thanks. I had always thought of a baron (baroness) as an ancient feudal title given to someone who had fought in the service of the king.
        Seems a big leap from vanquishing foes to being ‘promising’.
        Apparently these symbols of a country’s history are now given to anyone from anywhere.

        • saffrin

          Or with enough money to buy one.

      • HookesLaw

        I may be wrong but programmes like The Agenda, and This Week have political heads who are meant to be ‘edgy’ when discussing the current news.
        Where Tories go wrong is taking this seriously and fairly whilst labour (ie Abbott) take the self serving party line.
        Critics of Warsi may be right, but I cannot get too worked up about her when we see the likes of Tim Montgomeirie regularly washing dirty linen in public.

  • MirthaTidville

    Warsi is a self serving acolyte of however is in power and can advance her career. She was very close to joining her local Labour Party, when the Conservative party offered her a more influential tree to climb and little bit sooner, but she was dallying with both. True Tory?..I think not. Some may think she has advanced soley due to gender and ethnicity and you may find it hard to disagree, hence her peculiar title, having previously been binned off from the Cabinet. A change of career is long overdue.

    • telemachus

      She was very close to joining her local Labour Party
      *
      We would have her tomorrow

      • James Strong

        Why?
        She’s a conservative.
        I call you racist and sexist because you would have her just because she’s an Asian woman.

        • telemachus

          She knows how to stick the boot into Cameron

        • Kitty MLB

          Indeed, Labour would see her colour and
          not her as a person, or a individual.

          • sarahsmith232

            Isn’t that exactly right, only thing the ‘true heir to Blair’ saw as well.

          • 2trueblue

            indeed they could dress her up and pop her on display, with all the other trophy fillies.

        • Tubby_Isaacs

          Labour has 6 female Asian MPs already.

          You might need to look a bit closer to home for racism and sexism.

          • James Strong

            On the contrary.
            The simple fact that you count them is prima facie evidence of your sexism and racism.
            A lot of progressives adopt the position ‘look at me, I can’t be a sexist racist, I voted for a black woman.’
            In contrast those of us on the small government right wing are much less likely to care about these things.

            • blokefromkent

              Wondered at the time whether she might be considering crossing the floor
              … no seat to lose, hostility to Dave already evident, capacity to
              cause endless trouble … prospect of equivalent role in shadow cabinet
              … if sacked, this would be perfect political timing too …

          • saffrin

            Your local mosque would be the best place to find both racists and sexists.

      • saffrin

        We know, she’s the right colour.

      • KingGreen

        you poor imbecile

      • Cyril Sneer

        Because she’s not white.

    • Tubby_Isaacs

      She joined the Tories when they were being hammered by Blair.

      • MirthaTidville

        Which side was always secondary to the advantages she could gain

    • sarahsmith232

      Spot on post, if there ever was one. I’ve read that when she first tried to become an MP she was only too happy to stand on an aggressively homophobic platform because it was a mainly Muslim constituency. Then took a mysterious about turn when her homophobia became a block to promotion. Personally I suspect this was her taking a leaf out of Anna Soubry’s book. This AS knows she’s going to be out in 2015 so is now spending her time auditioning for a new media career by presenting as a sort of anti-UKip shock jock. This Warsi appears to be getting up to the same tricks for what looks like the same reason, her relevance is rapidly disappearing to she’s auditioning for a post political media career. Cameron was far more interested in recruiting those that ticked the right minority boxes than genuine, real people that enter politics because they believe in something. So he’s only got his own superficiality to blame for this.

      • MirthaTidville

        I too think you are spot on Sarah. I have little doubt that the Conservatives may have outlived their usefulness to her. She saw Cameron as a useful fool (not the only one there though)..

        • sarahsmith232

          LOL, so agree, she saw him coming alright. Depressing thing is, just like Soubry, this game of theirs will work for them. Question Time, paper reviews, all the rest of it, unfortunately I think we may be stuck with their two faces bobbing about the place for quite some time to come. Oh job well done to Cameron, her useful idiot patsy. Enjoy your day luvie.

      • 2trueblue

        She is not useful any longer. She has used the Asian shield too often and has no real authenticity, she abuses it because of the fear of offending the Asians. what has she actually done that for anyone apart from herself. Liebore are welcome to her.

  • Grey Wolf

    Sack Warsi now!!
    Don’t even waste a minute!!

  • http://batman-news.com The Commentator

    Ironically Warsi is one of the few genuine Tories in the cabinet. And she’s a woman, and she’s a Muslim and she’s a highly effective debater. (She made a lovely job of politely taking Nick Griffin apart on Question Time after he’d trampled all over the useless idiot Straw.) So I guess she has to go, all part of Cameron and Osborne’s master class in how to lose a general election to a weak and vacuous opposition.

    • ITB

      I’m not sure I agree wholeheartedly with you that she’s a highly effective debater.

    • monty61

      I must say I’ve rather come round to her. Party Chairman was the wrong job but I think she has a counter-intuitive strength among certain voters, not unlike Eric Pickles. Oh and she’s right on the Eton thing. Of all parties, the Conservatives can least afford to be a blatant Chumocracy. If Labour had a decent leader the Cameroons would be toast by now.

      • ITB

        “Oh and she’s right on the Eton thing. Of all parties, the Conservatives can least afford to be a blatant Chumocracy.”

        I don’t think anyone would disagree with you on this. However, to do what she did, in the manner that she did, was not for the benefit of the party. The Conservatives do indeed have a bit of a PR issue with his and little stunts like this don’t help them.

      • Kitty MLB

        Labour would still be toast regardless of leader. I know
        brainwashing is part of the lobotomising process with labour
        as we as brainwashing but I think we remember what labour
        got up to. Yet you make a valid point about your useless and weak leader.

        • monty61

          Indeed. Sooner we get rid of Cameron and put a proper Conservative in, the better.

    • crosscop

      All I remember her doing on that QT with Nick Griffin was her making the ridiculous claim that there was no such thing as a bogus asylum seeker.

  • zanzamander

    Has it come to this that we cannot even mention the “M” word on Spectator!

    • tastemylogos

      you can comment on her ‘musk’ as often as you like.

  • ITB

    I think her stunt on The Agenda was quite silly of her. As Isabel quotes in her piece, “she knew what she as doing”. Poor show, Baroness. Poor show.

    It must, however, be an absolute no-no for the numbers of female MPs in the cabinet to be fewer post reshuffle. There are plenty of perfectly able, more than willing conservative MPs to choose from for a cabinet role.

    • telemachus

      Sayeeda is fireproof
      She is
      A woman
      Asian
      Muslim
      From Dewsbury
      From the disadvantaged Jat Caste
      *
      Cameron lacks the balls to sack her

      • Kitty MLB

        She ticks all the patronising politically correct boxes beloved of Labour.
        It should always be about capability. Not about colour, gender or race,
        and the fact she is not very good as nothing to do with the three words
        I have said and Cameron needs some Balls- but thankfully
        not Ed’s no castrations are needed.

        • telemachus

          We live in the real world
          The correct boxes are what the punters want
          The leadership can supply the vision and dynamism
          Well they can in the party that matters

          • Colonel Mustard

            We live in the real world – you don’t.

          • James Strong

            Rubbish.
            The voters don’t want the correct boxes ticked. The bien-pensant dinner party guests and the sandal-wearing vegetarians might want that, but the rest of us want people who are effective in their jobs.

            • Tubby_Isaacs

              Wow, look at you, Mr Straight-talker.
              She’s no worse than Hunt, Osborne, Johnson, Paterson, IDS.

              All likely to be safe in their jobs.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Garbage.

        • Tubby_Isaacs

          Er, Labour didn’t enoble her.
          They already have 6 Asian female MPs.

        • victor67

          Indeed ,so why are a bunch of posh boys from Eton most a product of inherited wealth running the country?

      • ITB

        He’s unlikely to send her off into the wilderness without any role to her name, regardless of how token it may be – I mean “Senior Minister of State” anyone? But if he brings in more women I don’t think it will cause too much of a problem.

        I’m cringing slightly as I type this knowing that I’m referring to women politicians as mere PR commodities. The fact is however, there aren’t enough women in the whole party let alone the cabinet and it is something that needs to be remedied.

        • allymax bruce

          I have to agree with you about the ‘PR commodities’ perspective; but that’s only what has been allowed to frame Warsi’s contribution/abilities. I don’t really go in for all the ‘Baroness’ stuff, but if David Cameron wants my advice, then I would say Warsi is a plus-point; but David needs to promote her, and ask for absolute loyalty. Warsi is a gift to The Conservatives, the Labour Party would die for, but she’s not being correctly placed to benefit the Party to its maximum as it is. Ultimately, if David sacks her, then he’s proving Warsi’s point! David, there’s more traction in being humbled & gracious; promote her and let her fly. It worked wonders for our super Theresa May.

          • telemachus

            May can by no stretch of anyone’s imagination be described as super
            *
            “May seemed under strain, and who could blame her? She wrote furiously while he asked questions. Now and again her voice peaked and squeaked. She knows the fate that awaits so many home secretaries. Having the job is like keeping a pet tiger. Things seem to be going fine, but you know that sooner or later it’s going to eat you.”

            • Colonel Mustard

              In comparison with the Wicked Witch of the Left, Boring for Britain Reeves and the emoting, emotional blackmailing Boy-Woman Cooper she is a paragon of dynamic virtue.

              When you get to Harmon and the ghastly Eagle sisters (what is that all about?) May begins to approach divinity.

              • telemachus

                I have told you before that Angela Eagle is a highly intelligent witty engaging operator about whom we will hear much more
                Her economic competence easily outsmarts Danny Alexander

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Ghastly woman. And anything you “tell” me I treat with the contempt it so richly deserves.

                • telemachus

                  Hear this
                  Angela Eagle is worth ten of that dreadful woman May

                • Fergus Pickering

                  Worth ten for doing what?

                • Guest

                  It’s funny you mentioning Eagle and Alexander in the same breath. Not to long ago she posted a photo on her Twitter account showing Alexander having his photo taken with the volunteers at a food bank. She mentioned how disgusting and disgraceful Alexander was for having the gaul to smile at a place like that. Of course, she seemed to forget one of her recent visits to a food bank where she was photoed standing with the volunteers and, you guessed it, grinning away.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Witty and engaging , you have really lost the
                  plot now. An utterly wretched and dull woman.

                • telemachus

                  A delightful child that sends the revanchists into gloom about their future

                • ITB

                  It’s funny you mentioning Eagle and Alexander in the same breath. Not to long ago she posted a photo on her Twitter account showing Alexander having his photo taken with the volunteers at a food bank. She mentioned how disgusting and disgraceful Alexander was for having the gaul to smile at a place like that. Of course, she seemed to forget one of her recent visits to a food bank where she was also photoed standing with the volunteers and, you guessed it, an ear to ear grin plastered across her face.

                • telemachus

                  Angela has the low cunning I admire in a politician

                • Colonel Mustard

                  A revealing admission. In my world low cunning is not something to be admired.

                • Fergus Pickering

                  However often you tell us it won’t be true. Both the Eagles can and do bore for England.

          • Kitty MLB

            Loyalty is very important. I knew
            you would appreciate Theresa May
            dear Ally, an insightful chap like yourself
            would.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            May is a true fascist. Anybody that sends goons in to smash computers at a media house, absent any regular order legality, is a fascist. And the stupid fascist didn’t even care that the fascist-offending material was easily available elsewhere, in other locations apart from the computers at the raided location. Madame Fascist wanted to send a fascist message, so she smashed the computers anyway. And it was a nice touch, smashing those computers with sledgehammers. Goebbels and Himmler would have been proud .

        • telemachus

          I think the public became highly suspicious of Tory women in those dreadful 11 years spanning the 80’s

          • Colonel Mustard

            They need to be suspicious of Labour women in those dreadful 13 years spanning 1997-2010 and especially the ghastly puritan “ban everything” hags currently sitting on the opposition front benches.

        • James Strong

          Why?
          Don’t go down the road of quotas unless I get a job for being an overweight, balding left-hander.
          There should be jobs for me and those like me before you start having jobs just for women.
          Or, you could go gender and colour blind and promote on merit?

          • ITB

            I don’t quite get your point. Do you mean ‘Why should the lack of women MPs in the Conservative party be remedied?’

            I absolutely believe that regardless of arena (be it politics, business or whatever), an individual should be able to stand in front of their colleagues and look them straight in the eye knowing that they are there because of merit and merit alone.

            There are some perfectly capable women MPs who could/should be in more senior positions in the Conservatives and for reasons unbeknownst to me they are overlooked. This has nothing to do with quotas.

        • Kitty MLB

          And who had the first Woman prime minister…
          Whoops!

          • ITB

            Something the Conservative should be very proud of. Bearing this in mind, I thought Miliband et al were just embarrassing themselves at PMQs a few weeks ago in trying make such a big issue out of the lack of Conservative women on the front bench. Labour haven’t even had a female leader let alone PM.

          • jack mustard

            Sri Lanka.

      • Colonel Mustard

        You are like a bad rash that scratching makes worse.

        • James Strong

          But this time telemachus is closer to being right than she has ever been before.
          Warsi ticks so many boxes, whether or not she merits a job becomes less important.

  • Mynydd

    More infighting within the Conservative party, is it not about time Mr Cameron got a grip. This is not the way to run a government. By the way what is ‘senior minister of state’ Baroness Warsi actual job. What department does she run, what policy is she responsible for. To me it seems to be a non-job.

    • ITB

      Dave’s never really had a firm grip over his backbenchers and it’s far too late in the day for him to do something about it now.

    • Wessex Man

      I don’t know it must be a bit like the latter years of Gordo’s party.

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