Priti Patel’s exit won’t affect Indian influence in Britain
It was shocking news for the Indian community in Britain. The most influential British-Indian politician was ousted from the Government
To maintain the gender balance and a move to snub Labour for not appointing Harriet Harman as Deputy Prime Minister to Gordon Brown, Patel was earmarked for a senior post—probably the deputy Prime Ministership. But she spoiled that opportunity by leaving the Cameron camp.
After losing the referendum, Cameron left No. 10 to pave the way for May. Patel was promoted to the cabinet as International Development Secretary to handle the 12 billion pound UK aid budget. There are many allegations over the spending of the UK aid. Some part of it will end up in the coffers of corrupt politicians in Asia and Africa.
People were expecting that Patel will use her budget diligently. But she was offering a slice of that to the Israeli Army. By visiting Golan Heights, she undermined the British stance of neutrality on the Arab-Israeli conflict during the centenary of the Balfour declaration. At just 45, a bright young Indian-origin politician has spoiled her opportunity to get into one of the most powerful positions in the world. What a shame.