Farage: Race laws ‘need changing’

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Race laws are outdated and should be scrapped because employment discrimination is no longer an issue in Britain, Nigel Farage has suggested.

In remarks which Labour said showed “breathtaking ignorance”, the Ukip leader said bosses should be freed to recruit on the basis of nationality.

He spoke out in an interview with ex-equalities watchdog chief Trevor Phillips for a Channel 4 documentary: Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True, due to be broadcast next week.

Mr Farage said concern over preventing racial discrimination in employment “would probably have been valid” 40 years ago.

“I don’t think it is today.

“If I talked to my children… about the question of race, they wouldn’t know what I was talking about,” he was reported to have gone on to say.

He said he would get rid of “much of” existing legislation.

Asked if he retain bans on discrimination on the grounds of race or colour, he said: “No… because we take the view, we are colour-blind. We as a party are colour-blind.”

Criticising recruitment laws, he said: “I think the employer should be much freer to make decisions on who she or he employs.

“I think the situation that we now have, where an employer is not allowed to choose between a British-born person and somebody from Poland, is a ludicrous state of affairs.

“I would argue that the law does need changing, and that if an employer wishes to choose, or you can use the word ‘discriminate’ if you want to, but wishes to choose to employ a British-born person, they should be allowed to do so.”

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan said: “This is one of the most shocking things I have ever heard from a mainstream politician and demonstrates breathtaking ignorance.

“We have made huge progress on tackling racial inequality and discrimination in this country, partly because of Labour’s strong anti-discrimination laws, but things are still far from perfect.”

“When my parents moved to London they frequently saw signs saying ‘ no blacks, no dogs, no Irish’; what Ukip is suggesting would take us back to those days.”

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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