The UK’s new MEPs all trundled off to their first session in Strasbourg yesterday and already a UK Independence Party member is making enemies. It seems they’re not just xenophobic, but sexist too. I briefly caught this story on the news last night and thought I must have misheard, but it’s covered by both the BBC and the Guardian so it must have happened.
UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom has been quoted as saying “No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age”. He goes on to add other gems like “I want to deal with women’s issues because I just don’t think they clean behind the fridge enough” and “I am here to represent Yorkshire women, who always have dinner on the table when you get home”. Most parties would have demanded his resignation over this, but so far there’s no sign of the UKIP doing that.
Oh, and why was he being interviewed? He had just been given a place on the European Parliament’s women’s rights committee.