Baroness Warsi: Yay or Nay?

I recently arrived back in the UK from a long trip to Delhi and as I tried to catch up with the life I left in London, I happened to listen to BBC Radio 4’s profile of Baroness Warsi. While I found it interesting listening, I must convey my various conflicts with regards to the Baroness.

I am not a fan of the Conservatives (or any other political party) but I think it’s great that the Baroness has such a high profile position in British politics, ticking so many minority boxes…woman…Muslim…blah blah. She is also educated, articulate and opinionated – all positive traits. Is she unfairly judged for conveniently ticking all these boxes? Is her appointment as the Chair of the Conservative party affirmative action or did she earn the position? What does a Chairperson do anyway?

I found out about her Muslim bashing dinner party conversation comment only recently and even the weekend papers included readers’ letters in response to Baroness Warsi. It is unhelpful to make sweeping statements but I do find many people still being shocked upon learning that I am a Muslim.  I’m just a regular Brit with the same dreams and worries as many other Brits and people around the world of my age.  I hope the positive outcome of the comments is that we learn that perhaps we all need to communicate more openly and on a regular basis even if we agree to disagree about certain aspects.


One Comment to “Baroness Warsi: Yay or Nay?”

  1. Bubbly,

    I am not a fan of Baroness Varsi. Probably because I find her quite removed from her own community. This is a personal opinion and she is probably very connected. As an Asian women in such a high profile position, I feel she has the pressure of representing her entire community. She is a Tory. She is only going to represent some.

    However, I respect what she has achieved and would always say Yay to women achieving their goals in life.

    I also think she has a point on her statement around fears of Muslims. I do feel there is a general waryness amongst the British public of Muslims that look and dress in a certain way. I don’t feel that the Media helps minimise this and neither do a small number of Muslims who seem to steal the headlines for their very fanatical behaviour.

    Bubbly, you are far from what the British people would call typically Muslim. Your faith is important to you but lives inside you rather on the outside. For me, faith is the strongest when it is in your heart and not governed by the clothes you wear or the amount of times you go to pray.

    I am a Hindu and often get told to follow customs or go to the temple. I can pray from anywhere and do. I do not need these rules to have faith or be a Hindu.

    Yay to Women. Yay to Faith. Nay to fears of each other.


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