Sajid Javid factor

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Pakistani background Tory MP Sajid Javid resigned as the chancellor, apparently rejecting the prime minster’s order to fire his team of aides, saying “no self-respecting minister” could accept such a condition.

But many say that he was made to resign to give way to Rishi Sunak, who joins the same background high ranking cabinet colleagues Priti Patel, home secretary, and Alok Sharma, now appointed as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.

Rishi Sunak, Treasury chief secretary, was rapidly summoned to Downing Street to be told he was being made chancellor, replacing  Javid.

Sayeeda Warsi, once co-chair of the Tory party who herself suffered at the hands of the “bitchy colleagues”, said in a tweet “He will be a huge loss and it will be damaging to the Party but it was important Sajid Javid preserved his dignity and integrity. He has been briefed against, pushed around and generally undermined for some time now. Position without power is insulting and needs to be rejected”.

Warsi has been vocal about Islamphobia in the Conservative Party as well as more widely, once claiming that Islamaphobia was socially acceptable and had “passed the dinner-table” test.

Islamophobia in the Tory party has been an issue for long: for example the Independent reported :“This is all occurring against a backdrop of mounting evidence illustrating the pervasiveness of the issue; one could even call it an epidemic. Anti-Muslim rhetoric is present at all levels, from party members to elected representatives, and all the way to the top as exemplified by prime minister Boris Johnson’s history of offensive statements”.

What has happened to Javid was on the cards for some time.  The refusal to invite him to Donald Trump’s state banquet when he was home secretary was most unusual.

His contest for the Tory party leadership failed badly. Buzzfeed reported that some Conservative Party members had posted messages on Facebook saying they wanted to prevent Mr Javid taking the top job, suggesting the UK was “not ready for a Muslim PM”.

He was humiliated as his media adviser Sonia Khan was sacked and marched out of Downing Street under police escort for allegedly helping opponents of Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy. The adviser was fired after a one-to-one meeting with Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most controversial chief adviser.

‘Culture of fear’ was claimed as Javid confronted PM over adviser’s sacking!

Throughout his short-lived chancellorship, Javid remained at the continuum of adult and child relationship, dominated by the Boris Johnson and Cummings at the Downing Street.

Although Javid was pushed around by Downing Street ever since his appointment as chancellor in July, the crunch came as he refused to carry on as the titular head of a Treasury that Mr Johnson — and his chief adviser Dominic Cummings — wanted to run from Number 10.

All this has happened to someone who is a prime example of not only integration but assimilation!

He has been a classic example of showing loyalty to the Tory party again and again, defending indefensible like the Islamophobia in the Tory party.

He has steered clear from talking about Islamaphobia.  Johnson, of course, was accused of Islamaphobia in 2018 after he made comments comparing Muslim women in burqas to [“letter boxes” and “bank robbers”], as the Conversation reported.

Even when there was no chance for him to become prime minister Javid said, “I think in Britain, anyone who is capable, regardless of whether they are Muslim, or Hindu for that matter, or any religion – or no religion – can be prime minister.”

When community secretary, Javid fully supported  a review of integration carried out by Dame Louise Casey in 2016 (implicit focus on Muslims ) which asked for a major new strategy to help bridge divides in UK towns and villages, with an “integration oath” to encourage immigrants to embrace British values, more focus on promoting the English language, encouraging social mixing among young people, and securing “women’s emancipation in communities where they are being held back by regressive cultural practices”, coded language for Muslim women.

He also considered reforming laws on marriage and religious weddings, and to train religious leaders in promoting “British culture”.

However, the Casey review was discredited and what Casey or Javid wished for, did not happen. The Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper (March 2018) went down with Theresa May!

His social and personal integration: Javid is married. His wife Laura King is a church-going Christian. “My own family’s heritage is Muslim. Myself and my four brothers were brought up to believe in God, but I do not practise any religion. My wife is a practising Christian and the only religion practised in my house is Christianity” he has been quoted .

He is a strong supporter of Israel. At a joint meeting between the American Jewish Committee and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Javid told his audience, “As long as I am in government, as long as I am in politics, I promise you that I will do everything within my power to fight back against those who seek to isolate and undermine Israel”.

Despite all his socio-cultural and political collusive efforts, he has been ditched and is now no more than a political orphan.

There is also a lesson in what has happened to Javid for those simple minded and ambitious Muslims who think they would be able to achieve socio-political and economic changes from ‘within’ by being in the political parties rather than using the democratic process to demand equality of outcome for all and hold those to account who survive on their votes!

 

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