The commentators 06-08-14
...on Baroness Warsi's resignation
When David Cameron appointed Baroness Warsi his minister for faith and communities, he presumably hoped she would do her bit to improve social cohesion between Britain's Muslim community and the rest of the country. Instead she is widely credited by Westminster insiders as having been one of the main impediments to Cameron's war on Islamic extremism, not least through her bizarre insistence that the real problem was "Islamophobia" rather than, say, the 7/7 bombers or the jihadists who murdered Drummer Lee Rigby.
- James Delingpole, Daily Express
As a display of cynicism and disloyalty, the timing of Baroness Warsi’s resignation from the Government could not have been more calculating. On Monday night, she represented the Government at a moving ceremony at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the start of World War I. It later transpired — to Downing Street’s fury — that the Senior Foreign Office Minister had played this central role in the service having already decided to resign dramatically the following morning.
- Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
Her resignation is a reminder that so many of Cameron’s problems, whether on policy or party management, flow from the same flaw. He knows Britain is full of people unlike him. He knows some of them should be in his government. Yet he is temperamentally disinclined to listen to what they actually have to say.
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
Two cheers for Baroness Warsi: she might hold the wrong views, but she’s done the right thing about it.
- Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
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