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Back home, she joined the Conservative party largely because she saw it as the party of free enterprise (and remarried, happily). In her sole attempt to gain elective office, she fought Dewsbury in 2005, coming second to Labour’s Shahid Malik, who went on to become community cohesion minister, a post Warsi would later also hold. She may not have found favour with the Dewsbury electors but she had caught Cameron’s eye. One can see why she looked like a prize asset: female, Muslim and Conservative, she ticked all the right boxes for the PR-conscious Tory leader. He made her a life peer in 2007 at the age of 36, and in 2010 co-chairman of the party, alongside his arch-crony Andrew Feldman. In 2012 Cameron moved her into government as a minister in the Foreign Office and for faith and communities, an odd combination of jobs in which she was unlikely to be able to make an impact in either.

Since her resignation in 2014, she has veered to the left and now espouses every fashionable progressive cause. In particular, she has adopted the view that Muslims in Britain are victims—of racism, inequality, unfair press coverage, Islamophobia, you name it. Thus the title of her book, although it is unclear whether she even realises that the phrase was coined by a Conservative prime minister about the striking miners in the 1980s.

In the book, her muddled thinking is much in evidence. For instance, she lambasts critics of the Labour candidate Sadiq Khan during last year’s London mayoral election campaign for mentioning his previous association with various dubious Islamist sympathisers. But Khan, another classic Muslim success story, went on to win the election by a thumping majority and has been able to get on with the job with support from all quarters, proving, one might think, that British voters of whatever racial origin are tolerant and open-minded. But for Warsi, “Right now, for many Muslims, it feels dark, certainly the darkest I’ve ever known it to be.”

More worrying is her support for the newish pressure group Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), now led by a hardline Islamist, Azad Ali, who has supported the killing of British troops by his fellow Muslims (he lost a libel action with newspapers which reported the fact) and who dismissed the recent terror attack on Westminster as “a lone-wolf act”. Warsi’s verdict: “I think it has the potential to achieve real change because not only is it grassroots-funded and run, it is also results-focused.” One dreads to think what those results might be.

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