A note on Priti

Yesterday saw the resignation of Priti Patel, the now former Secretary of State for International Development. We still have confidence in her ability to put forward the positive case for freedom - and the government should still listen.

One of the few Brexiteers at Secretary of State level, Priti was a strong voice for the global perspective, positivity and drive that the case for Brexit was built on. Although it is not her brief, her departure from government is a blow for the clean Brexit case within Cabinet.

In my view, Priti was hounded by anti-Israel and anti-Brexit voices, both within Parliament and without. As John Redwood has pointed out today on Twitter, various officials within Whitehall clearly do not like her. As Allister Heath writes in the Telegraph, some of her aims were guaranteed to drive the Arabists who dominate British officialdom mad.

When Priti Patel was interviewed by Grant Tucker of the Times at this year's Freedom Festival in Bournemouth, she showed her Thatcherite principles. We are convinced that she will continue to articulate these from the backbenches - and will have a lot of support from the Conservative membership at the grassroots level as a result. In the meantime, Number 10 has (at the time of writing) not yet announced her replacement as Secretary of State. Whoever it is, they must be bold in making the case for a Global Britain - free from the restrictions and meddling of the EU - both at home and abroad. They must continue to make the case that we are Better Off Out.

Written by Rory Broomfield,

Director of The Freedom Association and Better Off Out campaign. 


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  • commented 2017-11-09 23:16:41 +0000
    There’s certainly more here than meets the eye. Unless we’ve appointed Stevie Wonder to Tel Aviv the FCO’s story makes no sense. Their Minister for the Middle East left plane spotting while Priti was courted by the bigwigs. Nor the vague intonations that she has done something wrong, with the only motive being supplied by braying antisemites. Seems she was lightly reprimanded then fired for the same thing within a matter of days. Whether Sir Humphrey or Boris wielded the knife is difficult to tell but most likely both.
  • commented 2017-11-09 19:04:21 +0000
    Whether or not she was disliked by certain factions is irrelevant. This is like Jones bleating that it was unfair that Mr Smith reported him to Mr Brown for smoking behind the bike sheds. He should not have been smoking behind the bike sheds. For all her talents, she held unsanctioned meetings with deeply partisan introductions and then, even when caught out, she lied again. Her humiliation is entirely deserved.
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