I see that tonight's headline on BBC online centres on comments made by Ali Miraj, a Conservative who's looking for a seat to fight at the next General Election criticising David Cameron. This is a really poor show by Ali, who should know better. I find it a touch disappointing because Ali once contested a seat in the Welsh Valleys, and I felt that I sort of knew him. To me, he seemed to be a thoroughly sound man.
Its not that the points he makes are unreasonable. Its the way he's said them - and to whom. I've heard others make the same points about the trip to Rwanda in particular, as well as the selection of Tony Lit to fight Ealing Southall for us. I've answered a few questions about the Rwanda trip myself. Of course it was a tough call. He was twixt a rock and a hard place. But withdrawal from such a carefully prepared visit to the Rwandan Parliament, at the very same time as the an important Conservative Policy Group was publishing its report on Global Poverty would have given a very poor message to the world. David Cameron was in a no-win position. The last thing we need is one of our own making the position worse. Thank goodness David Cameron has got Janet Daley giving him her full backing in today's Telegraph. I shouldn't think that Ali has done much for his chances of selection with these comments.