Before Ahmed, it was Warsi who got caught out talking Urdu
Lord Ahmed is not the only British politician to have made the mistake of assuming that what is said in Urdu will not get picked up by the English language media. Baroness Warsi, the Foreign Office minister and former Conservative Party chairman, was speaking at a dinner in Rotherham in honour of a visiting Pakistani politician just before the last general election, and took issue with a previous speaker who had said there should be more Muslims in Parliament. She replied, in Urdu: “One of the lessons we have learnt in the last five years in politics is that not all Muslims who go into politics are principled. Not all Muslims that are involved with politics are Lord Ahmed. Not all of them put their community first, and career second…”
The Lord Ahmed she was upholding as an example of a politician who put community before self is the same former Labour peer who was imprisoned for dangerous driving after an accident in which a young man was killed and who has apparently attributed that misfortune to a Jewish conspiracy.
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