'Revelations from Tory peer Baroness Warsi that Michael Gove unduly influenced former UK PM David Cameron, by shifting the government’s attitude towards Muslims with his “extreme views,” has been met with media silence.
Business Insider, revealed claims by Warsi, who served in David Cameron’s Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio, that the “UKipfication” of the Tory party had in large part been instigated by the current Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
She goes further by insisting it was Gove’s “extreme views” on Islam that created the Tories’ unhealthy attitude towards Muslims, making the most of his close relationship with Cameron to force a change in tact.
"I sometimes joke that Michael Gove radicalized David Cameron," Warsi told Business Insider.
Going on to say: "In private conversations [I know that David] had some concerns about some of the extreme views that Michael had but over time [Gove] influenced a lot of his views."
There has been little reaction from the British media since Warsi - who quit as Foreign Office minister in 2014 due to the UK government’s policy on the crisis in Gaza, labeling it "morally indefensible" - spoke out against the "poison" of Islamophobia which she thinks has now affected all levels of the party.
The accusations have, at the time of publication, only received several write ups with just one major publication issuing a reaction piece and next to no broadcast media coverage on Warsi’s claims. To date, only five articles have been written, including from left-wing news outlet, Evolve politics, with The Mirror the only traditional newspaper to write on the story.
It’s been left to social media users on Twitter to express dismay at the lack of coverage of such an important issue that reflects badly on the governing party. Left-wing journalist and author, Paul Mason tweeted: “Cue a wall to wall BBC/tabloid frenzy at revelations that Gove and co are "extreme" racists against Muslims? Nope.”'
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