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Warsi resignation: David Cameron replies

5 August 2014

4:24 PM

5 August 2014

4:24 PM

Dear Sayeeda,

Thank you for your letter today, in which you set out your reasons for resigning from the Government. I was sorry to receive this.

I realise that this must not have been an easy decision for you to make and very much regret that we were not able to speak about your decision beforehand.

I understand your strength of feeling on the current crisis in the Middle East – the situation in Gaza is intolerable. Our policy has always been consistently clear: we support a negotiated two state solution as the only way to resolve this conflict once and for all and to allow Israelis and Palestinians to live safely in peace.

Of course, we believe that Israel has the right to defend itself. But we have consistently made clear our grave concerns about the heavy toll of civilian casualties and have called on Israel to exercise restraint, and to find ways to bring this fighting to an end.

As part of that, we have consistently called for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.

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More widely, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how grateful I am for the contribution you have made to the Conservative Front Bench, both in Opposition and in Government, over seven years’ continuous service.

As the Minister for Faith and Communities, working with Eric Pickles in the Department for Communities and Local Government, you played an important role in the Government’s integration agenda – building more united communities, tackling hate crime, harnessing the power of faith groups and championing Britain’s common heritage.

At the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, your hard work in tackling persecution around the world, between faiths and within faiths, has had a lasting impact, as has your work to put the UK at the heart of the global Islamic Finance system.

You can also take pride in how you have built relationships with the countries and leaders of Central Asia, and particularly the role you have played supporting democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Perhaps most importantly, I would like you to know how much I have personally appreciated your support and friendship over the years, and your commitment to our Party and the Government. You were one of the early supporters of my leadership campaign in 2005, something for which I remain grateful.

We have been through a great deal together since then and I will never forget how proud we both were when, in May 2010, you joined the Cabinet as Chairman of the Conservative Party.

You can take pride in your achievements in Government and, especially, for being the first Muslim woman in any British Cabinet. I appreciate your assurance of support in the months and years to come and I hope that you will always feel able to raise any issue with me at any time.

This comes with my thanks, and best wishes for the future.

Yours ever,

David

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  • Jacques Protic

    Nick Clegg has paid a huge price in political terms for his alliance with Cameron’s Tories He has a tiny window of opportunity to perhaps rescue himself and the Liberal party – Pull out of coalition now, pull the Government down on a huge issue of principle. Gaza’s children deserve justice from those who govern Britain!

    • Augustus

      Gaza’s children deserve justice from those who govern them. Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, has cynically used civilians as shields against Israeli attacks. They even admit it themselves. Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, went on Gaza television and said that the human-shield strategy has proven ‘very effective’. Hamas knows that its cause is helped when Gazans die, and the more casualties they end up with, the more victorious they think they are. And if there is one thing above all that helps them most, that gives their whole strategy the most legitimacy, it is dead children and bombs in schools.

      • Jacques Protic

        I guess we have to agree to disagree Augustus! Israel is a vile state guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. Hamas would not exist or perhaps the other extreme factions if Israel agreed to a two state solution based on FAIRNESS & JUSTICE and not on BIBLICAL nonsense!?

        • Augustus

          ‘Nonsense’ doesn’t do justice to your bluster about Israel. Hamas are an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt in 1928, 20 years before Israel was founded. And you blame Israel for Islamic extremism. Your are totally mad and sad.

  • GraveDave

    She calls him David.

  • misomiso

    I just want to say

    that although a lot of the criticism of Warsi was correct, the Old School Tories should reflect on how they treated her. I know a lot of women in particular who really liked her and felt empathy with her.

    She was undeniably a little difficult, but she did reach people who wouldn’t normally be conisdered Torys.

    I think the party will miss her.

    • GraveDave

      Did she support gay marriage? At least five hundred imams didn’t.

      • Bonkim

        Many Bishops don’t support that either.

        • GraveDave

          Yes, but we’re not talking about ‘the bishops ‘ right now, are we? Mr Whataboutery.

          • Bonkim

            You need to be balanced in such discussion – not just pick on lot.

    • Augustus

      “but she did reach people who wouldn’t normally be considered Tories”

      You mean these types of Friday Conservatives:

      “Oh Allah, bring us what would make us so happy. Oh Allah, count them one by one and then kill them to the very last one.”

  • altsegel

    The more I think about the next election the more i think i’ll just sit it out. Cameron is almost as much creep as millibland Why bother?

  • The Masked Marvel

    Key bit:

    You can take pride in your achievements in Government and, especially, for being the first Muslim woman in any British Cabinet.

    In other words, her only achievement. And the reason he promoted her in the first place. Identity pandering never, ever works.

  • global city

    Wot he shud of writ.

    dear Warsi.

    I am so relieved that you have resigned your post, as I can now see how mad I was to go down that particular PC route. Not only are you a loon but you were really bad at everything I gifted you. I wish you every good fortune in your future, which by the sounds of it is going to be something in Gaza….NO… thought not really.

    Love
    Big Dave

    • GraveDave

      Oh you are awful. But I like your post.

  • Spectre

    She was appointed to the cabinet so that Cameron could ingratiate himself with Muslims and demonstrate his ‘modernizing’ credentials; when it became evident that she was not up to the job, Cameron stripped her of her party and ministerial responsibilities, after which she became marginalized within government. Ever since, she has been looking for an excuse to resign; Gaza simply provided her with a ‘principled’ pretext: the truth is, she resigned because of wounded pride and frustrated ambition. Good riddance to sectarian rubbish.

  • Augustus

    Dear Sayeeda,

    You conveniently forget how it all began. Hamas, and other Palestinian groups, want to wage war. They want to see deaths and injuries. These barbarians cannot be reasoned with except with the gun. The Palestinian terrorist movements dehumanize all that they touch.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Funny how almost all the visible UKIP baiters and Europhiles have now gone (that is except Dave himself and Liddington).

    Clarke, Hague, Barker, Warsi, Grieve, Green All gone. Liddington next?

  • Barakzai

    Exit ludicrously over-promoted tokenist gobsh*te.

  • Colonel Mustard

    “Those who do not condemn war crimes are as guilty as the perpetrators” says Kim Jong Ed’s nasty little Red Parrot.

    Guilty of what? Will “a failure to condemn” enter the statute books for a reincarnation of Roland Freisler to preside over? Will there be mass denouncement rallies where we must present ourselves, wave our little red books and scream invectives at the counter-revolutionaries or face incarceration?

    Think on just what the nasty little spud’s declaration means.

    • dado_trunking

      Bigoted little Ukip apologists WANT incarceration. It’s what they long for, it will give them new meaning in life.

      • Colonel Mustard

        No they don’t. They want liberty. Which fascist twats like you don’t understand, can’t understand, won’t understand and have impeded in Europe for more than a thousand years.

        • dado_trunking

          The want liberty – fabulous!
          From what? They do not even know who governs them!
          GAWD.

          • Colonel Mustard

            The very fact that you do not understand what that term means (never much in evidence in Europe, if at all) predicates your inability to assess its criteria.

            • dado_trunking

              What it means?
              Not égalité, not fraternité – this much is certain.

              Tee hee. GAWD!

              • Colonel Mustard

                Correction – What does it mean?

                But of course not, even égalité and fraternité are not liberté. That is all bogus anyway as French history demonstrates. You could not possibly understand the liberty of an Englishman. It is utterly alien to you. That much is certain.

                • dado_trunking

                  You have no idea what is alien to me. Your liberty is the liberty to hand your natural resources to your crown, your liberty is not have control over your land, to obey your Magna Carta elite, your liberty is to pay the taxes they tell you to pay, to take as a given the socialising of the losses of your elite – they now even give you the liberty to not decide what debates you can and cannot watch. That is indeed utterly alien to me. Lad.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  I see that “pointlesswasteoftime” upticked you. Most appropriate.

          • saffrin

            Neither do you.
            Go on, name the members of the beaderburg cabinet.

  • Meghan Nova
    • Colonel Mustard

      A+ for perseverance, F- for content…

  • English Majority

    “…..as has your work to put the UK at the heart of the global Islamic Finance system”.

    Can you believe a British Prime Minister is saying this? He’s actually proud of this. He thinks its a good thing.

    Also, Warsi was, and is, an open and public supporter of Islamism (as shown in Douglas Murray’s article), yet he fully supports her.

    I think we all now know that its going to take something VERY dramatic and physical to reclaim our country. Those in power are determined to render us an Islamic/Third World country.

    • Ilya Grushevskiy

      “Your” country is a notion that has no constancy, it changes with the times. “Your” country’s ambition in the last few centuries made it rather susceptible to the envious gaze of the rest of the world (for good reasons) and that in turn caused people to uproot and come here.

      You can take that as a negative, or a positive, but in either case it is what it is and “reclaiming” what was once a standard would be like resigning yourself to an idealised notion of a past long forgotten.

      There is nothing wrong with supporting a new industry within this country – it will provide jobs… especially in the world of finance – we’ve all seen that it’s not exactly the most ethical part of the business world in recent years.

      Moderates, Islamic or not, are not going to take your freedom away, but moderates will move away from the centre if people treat them with less dignity than people deserve.

      • English Majority

        God, where do I start.

        • Ilya Grushevskiy

          Well the reply button says “Join the discussion…”

    • Liz

      Douglas Murray goes in for hyperbole. His career depends on drama.

      • English Majority

        Actually, Elizabeth, he’s merely stating facts and reality.

  • Ron Todd

    The number of people sorry to see her go will be equal to the number of people that ever voted for her.

    • you_kid

      Don’t say that. Britain sports the mother of all Parliaments, we are all innocent until proven guilty bla di bla …

      • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

        ??? Don’t you mean England? And it isn’t ‘sports’: England IS the mother of all parliaments.

        • you_kid

          Very good!
          England – a nation without a state, yet the inventor of supposedly everything we cherish/miss today. We don’t have the basics, others long do.

          Perhaps it now finally sinks in that the loons on this blog have talked themselves into a frantic rage about a islamified/ fourth reich/ communist/ catholic/ totalitarian takeover (delete as appropriate) of the indigenous people. Did I miss anything?

          • Colonel Mustard

            “Did I miss anything?”

            Yes, your own stupid interventions with the other incomprehensible and gormless twats in your little trolling cell. Probably the finest example of Much Ado About Nothing we shall ever see online.

            • you_kid

              You will be hearing this line again, in another shape or form. Prepare your response, make sure it’s better than this one …

          • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

            I was merely stating a fact: the phrase and name the “mother of all parliaments” refers to England. I am presuming now that you didn’t know that.

            • you_kid

              You were led to believe that. Then what happened was I delivered the goods.

              • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

                you still don’t understand or perhaps you wish to cover your ignorance.

                The sun rises in the East. Fact.

                The “Mother of all parliaments”, true or not, refers to England. Fact.

                The goods you delivered were shoddy, delivered badly and to the wrong place.

    • Andy

      That many ??? Surely not.

  • Colonel Mustard

    “…you played an important role in the Government’s integration agenda”

    An agenda you wouldn’t have needed if the single rule of law had been maintained, the multicultural agenda had not been pursued and Blair’s regime had not facilitated sectarianism by inventing religious hate crime.

  • Rhoda Klapp8

    What is worrying is that there are, there must be, people who can read that WITHOUT an adverse reaction. To whom it seems reasonable and well-written.

    (She will be a Baroness for the rest of her liife. Same rank as Maggie.)

    • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

      (She will be a Baroness for the rest of her liife. Same rank as Maggie.)[sic]

      Depressing and disgraceful.

  • http://paulweston101.blogspot.com Paul Weston

    I’m not sure which letter is worse. At first I thought Baroness Warsi’s resignation scribble was semi-literate and only partially comprehensible, which made me question her intellect and the reasoning behind her political achievements….

    But having read Cameron’s response (I am hopeful it is a spoof…) I now find myself questioning just how such a man could possibly become Prime Minister of Great Britain.

    Badly written, mawkishly sentimental, evasive (Israel) cowardly, semi-treacherous, totally PC…. awful, just agonisingly, jaw-droppingly awful, and between the two of them a terrible indictment of 21st century British politics.

    For example, as the Muslim world descends into a potential WWIII, Cameron says this: “At the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, your hard work in tackling
    persecution around the world, between faiths and within faiths, has had a
    lasting impact…” Words fail me.

    And considering the new brutality meted out to women after our varied disasterous interventions in Muslim lands, the boy Cameron comes up with this little jewel of liberal insanity: “You can also take pride in how you have built relationships with the countries and leaders of Central Asia, and particularly the role you have played supporting democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Dear God, is this witless man for real?

    Finally, Dave is terribly pleased Warsi has pushed London into the premier destination for Sharia Finance. Saudi and Qatari money for the boys Dave? Don’t you have a single moral bone in your body, or are you just stupendously, monumentally ignorant about unsavourary Saudi/Qatari antics?

    This careerist charlatan and his ghastly clique of political mountebanks is ruining our country. Never before have I felt so ashamed of a Conservative prime Minister or government.

    • anyfool

      Your line, Don’t you have a single moral bone in your body, or are you just stupendously, monumentally ignorant about unsavourary Saudi/Qatari antics.
      Either way sums him up concisely.
      I will plump for the first, with the part stupendously, monumentally ignorant throw in.

      • telemachus

        Not stupid or ignorant
        Something worse
        Those who do not condemn war crimes are as guilty as the perpetrators
        *
        In a Statesman like tweet today, Miliband demanded
        David Cameron is right to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organisation but he needs to break his silence on Israel’s indefensible actions.
        2:16 PM – 5 Aug 2014

        • Andy

          Bollocks. Fascists like you just hate Jews.

          • telemachus

            No
            The Israeli Rogue State
            Quite quite different

            • Andy

              Liar. You hate Jews like all Fascists. Israel has a right to defend herself. Go tell your fascist scum mates in Hamas to stop their war.

              • dado_trunking

                And I hate the EU not Europe … gawd!

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Well you should probably stop working for it then, you hypocrite.

                • dado_trunking

                  Yeah … I should shouldn’t I?
                  GAWD!

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Stupid is as stupid does. Which in your case is monumental.

                • dado_trunking

                  Yeah, laddie – you go and ‘believe’. Believe what you want.
                  Others who do not share your view are of course ‘paid to believe’.

                  Now, I *know for a fact* that only the inversion can be true.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  That was pretty poor dancing there. You very quickly lose it. Excitable I suppose.

              • Jack

                Not everyone who disagrees with the current Israeli govt. are raging anti-Semitic Nazis. You don’t have to love every aspect of David Cameron and his gang of podgy buffoons to think Britain is great, and you don’t have to think the Israeli leaders are perfect to think Judaism has offered, and will continue to offer, a great deal to Jewish people and the world in general.

                • High Sheriff

                  There is a great deal of hypocrisy flying around today.
                  Baroness Warsi is undoubtedly sincere as are the apologists for the Jewish state and Jewish people.
                  However most I see scurrying up and down these threads are simply scoring points.

                • global city

                  as yours just tried to do, except you kidded yourself that your sleight was more subtle.

                • global city

                  There is a difference between criticising a state’s government, and colluding with the enemies that wish to crush it…and wipe out its people.

              • telemachus

                One branch of my family are Jewish and I have a keen idea of British Jewry through family events
                I love the Jewish people but decry the rogue political entity in the levant

                • you_kid

                  You can’t say that here given that we ourselves have created so many states of Islam. A more balanced view from you is now what is required.

                • David Murphy

                  So what if ‘one branch’ of your family is Jewish. Clearly you want the Jews wiped out or enslaved.

                • girondas2

                  “I love the Jewish people but decry the rogue political entity in the levant”

                  Ah yes, “Anti-Zionism” – the last refuge of the anti-semite.
                  You would have made an excellent Camp Kommandant I am sure.

                  Do us all a favour telemachus: Crawl back under your stone and lick your jackboots in private.
                  Thanks

                • saffrin

                  I don’t suppose you could ask your old dad the name of the jewish mountaintop city stronghold the romans had to build a ramp up to before all the jews inside murdered each other?
                  Saw it on TV about 20/30yrs ago, love to get the dvd.

              • saffrin

                The whole argument across the Middle East and the Muslim
                world is about whether or not Israel has the right to exist let alone defend itself.
                Personally, seeing as the only evidence Israel can
                produce is a story in a book about some guy called mosses came back down from a mountain after talking to a bush on fire sounds a little dubious.
                I’m thinking that if the Jews put that one before a world jury they’d be laughed out of court.
                I should think one of the first questions the prosecution
                would ask mosses were, “Mr. Mosses, can you confirm you were talking to a burning bush or were you smocking it?”

                • Andy

                  Well lets apply your argument to every Muslim country. They were all acquired by the sword, so why should they remain Muslim lands ? While we are at it we’ll take back Constantinople and restore Hagia Sophia, desecrated by Muslims.

                  All I see across the Middle East and the Muslim world is hate and evil: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only bad and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

                • Andy

                  Well lets apply your argument to every Muslim country. They were all acquired by the sword, so why should they remain Muslim lands ? While we are at it we’ll take back Constantinople and restore Hagia Sophia, desecrated by Muslims.

                  All I see across the Middle East and the Muslim world is hate and evil: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only bad and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

                • saffrin

                  Exactly. Religion, a load of old bolix.
                  Now lets get down to the truth behind the existence of Israel.
                  Israel is a USA created nation, supported and created as a bridgehead for any US invasion force wanting to counteract a Russian invasion of the middle east back in the mid 1940’s.
                  And the guy that came up with the holocaust to use as a rally point was a genius.

                • Andy

                  Israel is there: get over it. The Mussies should get over it and stop hating Jews, Christians and virtually all humanity.

            • global city

              Boycott Gaza!

              Why not?

            • David Murphy

              Exactly, you hate jews and want them left to the mercy of muslims and other anti semites. Go and be honest and join Hamas.

            • girondas2

              The Israeli Rogue State
              Quite quite different

              Iraq telemachus, Iraq.

          • Shazza

            Andy – just ignore him. Maybe he will get bored with talking to himself then.

            • Andy

              Fascist scum like him need to be challenged and confronted.

            • global city

              He never, ever does.

            • Kitty MLB

              He never seems to get bored but one must never
              lose hope.

        • global city

          They may cause distress, but they are defensible.

          The tunnels have largely gone and the weaponry that Hamas had has been greatly depleted. Many Hamas killers are now themselves dead.

          They are war aims. many of the tragedies occurred as a direct result of Hamas evil.

        • ButcombeMan

          You are just as out of touch as Warsi. Maybe she was not cleared to get the real intelligence, like Clegg?

          Hamas were planning a mass invasion of Israel via the tunnels. Of course it would have been a surprise attack, it would have caused mayhem.

          It was the duty of the Israeli government to prevent it at almost any cost. That is the reason they persisted, until they were sure all the tunnels they knew about and could find were disabled, for a very long time.

        • girondas2

          “Those who do not condemn war crimes are as guilty as the perpetrators”

          This from the gang that gave us Iraq?
          You have more blood on your hands than the entire jewish race telemachus.

        • Kitty MLB

          They’re not indefensible actions dearest wasp
          your being disingenuous and are quite misguided.

    • you_kid

      An extremists fails to grasp the workings of extremism.
      Words fail me.

    • John Dalton

      You sum it up brilliantly. The letter reeks of craven weak-willed politically correct dhimmitude. No wonder the Conservative Party has lost all credibility when led by this.

      • Liz

        It reeks of having nothing to lose in being polite because she’s gone. And something to gain by using it as a PR opportunity to attract some Muslim voters. It’s what politically-astute managers do.

        • John Dalton

          Wrong. And patronising. And that’s not how the majority of voters will see it, especially conservatives who are sick to the back teeth of Cameron’s weakness, political correctness and kowtowing to M**lim voters. There’s way too much of that.

    • Shazza

      Paul – I believe that this country is destined to be an islamic state within 30 years and that there are only a few brave politicians like yourself, who are prepared to tell the truth about the very real danger that we face.

      I defended this letter because in all fairness to Cameron, he is boxed in. At least he is defending Israel’s right to exist, unlike the chameleons Clegg and Miliband, a traitor to not only GB but his ethnicity as well.

      The letter is just PR – designed to put out a fire. It makes no difference to the dreadful future that awaits all of us.

      All I am hoping for is to buy time, time for the indigenous British people to wake up. Realistically only either Cameron or Miliband will be PM next year and Cameron, although unfortunately no Conservative is the best bet for this. There are some real Conservatives on the back benches and maybe, just maybe a little sense might prevail. With Miliband and co. no such possibility exists. So…

      • Geronimo von Huxley

        White man stupid. Squaw look healthy. Squaw make big news today with other tribe. Now squaw return to tribe and do three day pau wau around totem of Hepworth. Now Geronimo take scalp.

      • GraveDave

        Be reasonable, how can the whole country become an Islamic state. They’re not in Margate yet for a start.

        • CO Jones

          Now that you’ve advertised the fact, they probably will be by tonight …

          • GraveDave

            It wasn’t even good enough for Tracey Emin.

        • Dutchnick

          Not sure if that demonstrates that they are really not that stupid after all.!

    • Ilya Grushevskiy

      The world is not as black and white as you’ve trained yourself to believe Mr. Weston:
      Sharia Finance is simply another industry, no reason not to try and get more money to be spent in this country.. some of them are unsavoury, but no worse than the money coming in from the rest of the world, and isolationism is not a position that is even worth considering.
      The Baroness may have been inept at changing Central Asian states’ perceptions of women’s rights, but that doesn’t make her complicit – at worst incompetent.
      WWIII? Well it takes two to tango darling – can’t start a global war without friction and both sides are guilty of that to some degree (and no, I’m not an apologetic for Hamas etc)
      Your fear of the world is what is most dangerous – it stops you being though through in your opinions, makes you jump to conclusions that cannot justify themselves and worst of all, convinces your own self you are right – a very vicious cycle indeed.

      • Colonel Mustard

        “…and worst of all, convinces your own self you are right”

        Like you then…

        • Ilya Grushevskiy

          Not really, I don’t care much for the world – it has less impact on my life than what I chose to do through my own will.. though having a discussion is quite fun! :p

    • Frank

      I would like to agree with you but, however much I think that our PM is wet and weak, I suspect that he had no part in drafting the letter re Warsi. He was far too busy attending a BBC festival of remembrance in Mons and then various church services before pushing off on his hols. I am therefore pretty certain that this absurd letter was composed by the “cream” of our political servants (also known as Grant Schapps and Lynton Crosby!).

  • anyfool

    So he heard of it on twitter, she is a sullen ignoramus, he actually intimates rather than says, her highest achievement was to be the first Muslim woman in a British cabinet, actually on reflection, he means her only achievement.
    That is the sum of it, an over promoted non entity whose only talent? was to be born female and being indoctrinated in the Islamic ideology.

    How low can this country sink.

    • Jack

      The country can sink to the level allowing any Muslim into cabinet.

  • CraigStrachan

    Whatever else you may say about him, you have to acknowlege Cameron is a class act.

    • anyfool

      Yes, in the way that in a barrel of slippery snakes, he exudes superior ability to get to the top.

    • Shazza

      Not forgetting how he remembered to write a personal note on his wreath yesterday.

      Miliband and Clegg cannot touch him when it comes to etiquette, good manners – he has the makings of being a great statesman.

      The other two shine in their crassness and cheap opportunistic attacks when the situation definitely calls for statesmanship.

      I will never forget how Cameron defended Miliband when the Mail attacked daddy Ralph.
      What the Mail printed about Ralph’s opinion on Britain was spot on but instead of making political capital – Cameron proved himself to be above cheap politicking and backed Miliband.

      That is what makes Cameron a gentleman and the other two shallow, charmless snakes..

      • John Lea

        “That is what makes Cameron a gentleman and the other two shallow, charmless snakes.”

        Try telling that to Michael Gove! Cameron showed his so-called ‘ally’ no loyalty whatsover when he moved him out of education, despite the fact that he was doing a terrific job. As much as I dislike Warsi and will be glad to see the back of her, I’m rather glad Cameron got a taste of his own medicine. All these people who say she was disloyal and acted badly need only look at our glorious leader for her example.

        • Shazza

          You need to look at the big picture. There is no bigger fan of Gove than me.
          Between the BBC/MSM, Leftie Mumsnet and the NUT, Gove had become anathema.
          This move is just electoral PR.
          Gove knows that for his fantastic reforms to stay in place, Cameron has to win 2015 otherwise that odious Hunt, Red Ed et al will resume their hellbent race to educational dysfunction.

          It is all about winning 2015.

          • John Lea

            I disagree, Shazza. I suspect Mr Gove is now waking up to what many of us have long suspected – that Cameron is only interested in power for its own sake, has no real vision, and will do and say anything to stay in government. Perhaps that’s modern politics, but it makes him no different from Blair and Brown in my book. He’s a PR man, not a statesman.

    • pointlesswasteoftime

      No, I don’t.

    • English Majority

      Mate, honestly can’t tell if you’re taking the pi*s or being serious.

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