TORY Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has quit the government, saying its policy on Gaza is ‘morally indefensible’.
In her resignation letter, Warsi spoke of her support for recently sacked ministers such as Hague, Clarke and Grieve, emphasising the explosive split currently underway in the Tory Party that has been brought out into the open by Cameron’s unconditional complete support for Israel.
In yesterday’s resignation letter, she wrote: ‘For some weeks, in meeting and discussion, I have been open and honest about my views on the conflict in Gaza and our response to it.
‘My view has been that our policy in relation to the Middle East Peace Process generally, but more recently our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza, is morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long-term detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically.
‘Particularly as the Minister with responsibility for the United Nations, The International Criminal Court and Human Rights, I believe our approach in relation to the current conflict is neither consistent with our values, specifically our commitment to the rule of law and our long history of support for International Justice. . .
‘There is however great unease across the Foreign Office, amongst both Ministers and senior officials, in the way recent decisions are being made. . .
‘Early evidence from the Home Office and others shows that the fallout of the current conflict and the potential for the crisis in Gaza and our response to it becoming a basis for radicalisation could have consequences for us for years to come. . .
‘I always said that long after life in politics I must be able to live with myself for the decisions I took or the decisions I supported. By staying in Government at this time I do not feel I can be sure of that.
Cameron responded by thanking her for her ‘excellent work’, while Chancellor Osborne lashed out saying that he felt hers was a ‘disappointing and frankly unnecessary decision’ as the British government was working with ‘others in the world to bring peace to Gaza’.