Baroness Warsi demoted

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For the first time in 10 years the Cabinet of Her Majesty’s Government will be all white. The removal of the only BME Cabinet member, the former Conservative Party Co-Chair, Sayeeda Warsi leaves David Cameron with a political top table looking distinctly unprogressive. Overall the number of women in Cameron’s Cabinet has fallen from five to four.

In many respects the Prime Minister, who has always been a very keen supporter of his first female Muslim Cabinet member, has capitulated to the growing chorus of Conservative detractors who have argued that Warsi should go.

With political manoeuvring never too far away from these decisions, it would seem that the Prime Minister has sought to appease Warsi’s detractors rather than focus on winning the hearts and minds of BME voters, who the Conservatives concede could decide whether or not they win the next General election of not.

For many BME communities Warsi represented a clear break with the dominant archetypal Conservative: male, white and privileged. Coming from the North, being a Muslim, a woman and working class, Warsi spoke to a new aspirational audience who argued that with hard work and endeavour you could reach high office. With Warsi gone and no obvious replacement Cameron’s meritocratic vision is in a much poorer place.

Simon Woolley

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Helen Grant first black female minister

Helen Grant has been promoted, great news!

Back To Reality With A Big Bang!

British politics has been dragged from the gutter level - where New Labour left it in 2010 - right back into the duldrums; the pride of place for any minority ethnic progress in the United Kingdom. When Tony Blair and New Labour denied Paul Boateng his rightful place in the Cabinet on merit in 1997, it had effectively set the template on which direction the future of British politics would continue to follow.

David Cameron's cowardly action to demote Baroness Warsi and again, over look Adam Afriyie was made a lot easier by a previous government (New Labour) which had greatly abused its position of trust and fairness while in office between 1997 and 2010. Welcome to the future of British politics and its refusal to do the right thing.

Back to reality etc

Hmm. Not too sure New Labours record can be so easily dismissed as suggested in the earlier post, given the inclusion of fine minority ethnic ministers and reps such as Baroness Scotland, Baroness Amos, Paul Boateng, Siddique Khan, etc. And various equality laws taken though Parliament during their terms. Or has that been forgotten ? Personally I disagree with most of what Baroness Warsi stands for, so no loss to politics in my book.

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