Dear Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister Who Hired Me To Make Himself Look Good
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.
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, and you have completely ignored me.
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.
My view has been that our policy of refusing to criticise Israel is morally indefensible, is not in my personal interest and will have a long term detrimental impact on my reputation.
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.
The UN is horrified and outraged by Israel’s actions in Gaza. Why not us?
In many ways the absence of the experience and expertise of colleagues like Ken Clarke and Dominic Grieve has over the last few weeks become very apparent.
Why the f*** did you dump Clarke and Grieve in the reshuffle?
This decision has not been easy. It has been a privilege to serve for 3 years in your Shadow Cabinet and over 4 years in your Cabinet. Introducing you in Blackpool in 2005 as you made your bid for leadership I had the pleasure of being there at the start of the journey and it would have been rewarding to have been there til the end.
This decision has not been easy. I was torn between sticking around with you for another year and getting out while I’m remotely ahead.
The last decade has given me the opportunity to work with some of the best in the Conservative Party and indeed in Government. William Hague was probably one of the finest Foreign Secretaries this country has seen and has been inspirational. He dismantled foreign policy making by sofa government and restored decision making and dignity to the Foreign Office. There is however great unease across the Foreign Office, amongst both Minister and senior officials, in the way recent decisions are being made.
Why the f*** did you dump Hague in the reshuffle?
Eric Pickles has supported me tirelessly in our work on combating hate crime. Challenging anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia and the pioneering work of celebration faith in the public sphere.
Working with Eric Pickles made me look good.
This new found confidence in Government has allowed me to take the very public International lead on religious freedom, specifically on the ever growing crisis of the persecution of Christians.
My new found confidence in Government has allowed me to go on Question Time a lot.
However, 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.
However, early evidence shows that you don’t give a toss about the consequences of your support for Israel.
From both Eric and William I learnt the art of reconciling passion and idealism with pragmatism and realism, but 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.
I know it’s shocking that someone in your Government actually has principles…
By staying in Government at this time I do not feel I can be sure of that.
…and I know you don’t really want me in your Government…
It is therefore with regret that I am writing to resign.
…so screw you.
You will continue to have my personal support as leader of the Conservative party as you continue to ensure that our Party evolves to meet the challenges we face in Britain today and ensure that the Party is relevant and responsive to all communities that make up today's Britain.
You will continue to have my personal support as long as you don’t continue being totally irrelevant and unresponsive to anyone who isn't a white, middle-aged man.
See you at the demo on Saturday?