While Paddy Ashdown has praised Conservative peer Baroness Warsi for quitting the foreign office, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz is less keen. Here’s his letter in today’s London Evening Standard:
Over the past couple of weeks, Pakistan — my country of origin — has been shelling positions in North Waziristan to kill Pakistani Taliban terrorists, leading to more than 870,000 displaced refugees and an unreported number of civilian deaths.
Baroness Warsi claims she resigned out of principled opposition to Government policy towards Israel’s actions. Few have called her out for presiding over an increase in this year’s aid to Pakistan by nearly £200 million.
It appears there is a moral relativism at work and Warsi’s “principled” stand appears more “selective principle” against Israel, not Pakistan — also her country of origin. I have spoken out against Israel’s disproportionate response just as I do against Pakistan’s. The truth is, matters of foreign affairs are too critical to be subjected to pavement politics, so in Warzi’s position I would have quit over neither.
Maajid Nawaz, Lib-Dem parliamentary candidate, Hampstead & Kilburn