The new chairman of the Conservative Party, Pakistani-origin Saheeda Warsi, has inadvertently revealed her newspapers of choice to the public: Muslim News, the Voice of Black Britain and assorted Arabic language publications.
The insight into where the Conservative Party has gone ideologically was revealed in a video produced by that party to promote Ms Warsi (who is still unelected and was given a seat in the House of Lords by David Cameron to justify her cabinet position).
The video, made to show excited Tories how Ms Warsi is settling into her new job as their boss, pans around the office formerly occupied by 'ex'-Communist Tory cabinet minister Eric Pickles.
Ms Warsi explains the changes she has brought about in the office, including a cupboard for her clothes (possibly the Indian dress she wore at the first cabinet meeting?), some fruit, and then, as the camera pans over her desk, her reading material of choice.
Normal people would think that the chairman of the Conservative Party would read the Times, the Financial Times and other papers of record first, or possibly one of the Tory-leaning tabloids.
The new Conservative Party chairman’s reading list does not appear to include these periodicals.
Instead, as is clearly shown, the new Tory boss is a subscriber to Muslim News and a large pile of Arabic language newspapers.
One of the Muslim News’s more recent stories boasted how “a record breaking number of 26 African, Asian and Caribbean candidates [were] elected to Parliament, up from 14.
“Among Muslims, the number doubled as forecast by the Muslim News to 8, continuing the sequence of the first in 1997, two in 2001 and four in 2005.”
Ms Warsi clearly has no problem with the “Muslim only” policy of her favourite newspaper. The Muslim News organises the annual “Muslim News Awards for Excellence” event to “acknowledge British Muslim contribution to society.”
Ms Warsi's choice of reading material and her subscription to the overtly blacks-only Voice newspaper are confirmation of her party’s desire to put the interests of the indigenous population of Britain last.
Doubtless there will be many Conservative Party voters wondering if this was the ideology and leadership for which they voted.