Monday, 6 August 2012

Warsi Bends the Rules

It seems there is one law for Sayeeda Warsi, the chairman of the Conservative Party, and another for everybody else.
She has been found guilty of breaking the ministerial code of conduct by taking a friend on an expenses-paid official trip with her. Mr Abid Hussain, who accompanied her in February 2011 on a visit to Pakistan, is a cousin of Warsi's husband and a co-director of a company in which Sayeeda Warsi has an interest. This business interest should have been declared. It wasn't, nor was it declared when Mr Hussain was invited to a reception at 10, Downing Street in 2010.
Yet David Cameron has taken no steps against her and insists that it was a minor violation. He accepted her excuse that she did not profit financially and is "stretched" to comply with the complicated ministerial rules. No such excuses were accepted last year in the case of Dr Liam Fox, who was forced to resign as Defence Secretary because he had taken a personal friend, Adam Werrity, on official trips and allowed him to call himself a government advisor. It seems there is one law for Baroness Warsi and another for everybody else.

Warsi, who has from time to time made cheap gibes about UKIP being "racist", is still under investigation for irregularities in her expenses claim relating to a London flat in 2008. She has little to fear, because it is very plain that the rules don't apply to her.
In 2010, David Cameron removed a Conservative candidate, Philip Lardner, the approved candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, for defending Clause 28. Lardner was actually suspended from the Conservative Party. Yet Cameron seems to have no objections to Conservatives who are Muslims and believe homosexuals should get the death penalty. Political correctness works in mysterious ways...

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