Which is odd considering not so long ago Warsi was seen as vital to their re-election hopes by appealing to female and Asian voters. Since Shiny Dave polls very badly with women. Yes, she maybe gaffe prone, but, as Medhi Hassan points out, the level of bullying and hypocrisy stinks:
In May 2009, at the height of the MPs’ expenses scandal, the Daily Telegraph accused Andrew Lansley, Francis Maude, Michael Gove and George Osborne of “flipping” – that is, the shameless and cynical designation of their properties as “second homes” in order to maximise financial benefits from the allowances system, as well as potentially avoid capital gains tax. Gove volunteered to pay back £7,000 in expenses; Osborne was ordered to pay back £1,666 by the parliamentary standards commissioner. Yet all four men continue to sit comfortably in Cameron’s cabinet.http://www.newstatesman.com/2012/05/str ... and-her-gp
In fact, writing in the Daily Mail in June 2009, the Tory-supporting commentator Peter Oborne castigated David Cameron for his “shameful decision” to “stand by the frauds and cheats inside the shadow cabinet”.
Naturally, two wrongs don’t make a right.
If the Conservative Party chairman is guilty of financial malfeasance, she should be punished. But here’s where it all gets rather murky. For a start, the accusations relate to Warsi’s stay in the west London property of Dr Wafik Moustafa, an Egyptian-born GP, back in . . . wait for it . . . 2008. Warsi says she was the guest of a Tory official, Naweed Khan, not Moustafa. Khan was living at the home of the latter and, according to Warsi, received “appropriate” payments from her “for the inconvenience and additional expense to which he was put when I stayed with him”. Khan has since issued a statement saying that Warsi did indeed pay him rent. Remember: under the lax expenses regime of 2007/2008, peers were not required to provide or keep receipts.
Then there is the credibility of her accuser. Moustafa is the chairman of the Conservative Arab Network (Can). I can reveal that on 14 May, Warsi wrote to Moustafa reminding him of the party’s refusal to allow Can “affiliated” or “official” status and warning him that he would face “prompt legal action” if he did not “remove the Conservative logo” from his website. (Read the letter on our website: newstatesman.com.)
Less than a fortnight later, Moustafa’s allegations against Warsi appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times. Coincidence?
Another good piece on her:http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/20 ... ian-voters