I haven't written about Ali Miraj this week because I didn't want to kick a man when he's down. And the fact is, I like the guy. He's very talented and got a lot to offer, but he didn't do himself any favours by speaking out in the way that he did. I had assumed he had said all he had to say, and you know what they say about when in a hole stop digging? Well, THIS really doesn't help.
Ali is now alleging that he was offered a peerage by a female member of the Shadow Cabinet in 2005, after the 7/7 attacks. He hasn't named her, but only Theresa May and Caroline Spelman were in the Shadow Cabinet then, and I cannot see how either would have had any authority to do any such thing. Sayeeda Warsi was working as an adviser to Michael Howard at the time but would certainly not have had any authority to make such an offer. I was working for David Davis at the time, and was privy to most of what was going on relating to diversity issues and I cannot recall any discussions whatsoever of offering anyone a peerage.
Ali will be one of my guests on Vox Politix on 18 Doughty Street on Wednesday 15 August so I look forward to hearing his side of the story then.
UPDATE: Tony Sharp has been rather more direct than me in his fisking of Ali's Sunday Times article.