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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Resignation on a matter of principle

Warsi attacks 'morally indefensible' stand on Gaza as she quits coalition and says that Cameron has lost moral authority

Sayeeda Warsi

I have never been a great admirer of Sayeeda Warsi. In fact, on a number of occasions, I have been very critical of the woman. However, on this occasion, she is absolutely right. As all of the rest of the world, well almost all, condemns Israel and its aggression on Gaza as being "disproportionate", "immoral" or even illegal, The government of this country, led by Cameron and some other Bullingdon Club former members, can only bring themselves to mutter a few weasel words of criticism as their LibDem coalition partners come out of the woodwork and agree with Miliband and the Labour Party, that Israel has gone too far.

George Osborne

The performance of Osborne and Justine Greening on television yesterday (5th August) when being interviewed on Warsi's resignation was more than pathetic. Each could only mutter the now well worn cliche of Israel having the right to defend itself and when pressed on the question of disproportionate response trotted out the Cameron government line that "what we are interested in is working towards maintaining a ceasefire and a seeking settlement of the issues".
Greening in particular was clearly out of her depth and looked very uncomfortable throughout the whole interview. 

Justine Greening

 Ironically, even the American government has been more verbal in their criticism of Israel than our own government has been. Osborne was quick to rebuff the suggestion that the government is being evasive and even reticent in their reluctance to reflect public concern over Israeli responsibility for the killing of almost two thousand civilians in Gaza, was due to the on going question of the United Kingdom selling arms to Israel. The two matters are not related he muttered.
Sayeeda Warsi in her resignation letter stated that "our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible [and] is not in Britain's national interest". Apparently she has been saying this in cabinet and other meetings with government colleagues for same time but has now reached the point where she feels that she has no other option. Good for her.