UKIP Devon official: "lunacy of multiculturalism"

UKIP has defended remarks made by a senior party official from Exeter who suggested women should stay at home - and questioned what he describes as "the lunacy of multiculturalism'.

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UKIP official's controversial comments

UKIP has tonight defended remarks made by a party activist from Exeter who has questioned what he describes as "the lunacy of multiculturalism'.

Our presenters Ian Axton and Kylie Pentelow interview our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine about the comments made by David Challice in a column in the Exeter Express and Echo.

UKIP defends Exeter official's comments

UKIP has defended remarks made by a senior party official from Exeter who suggested women should stay at home - and questioned what he describes as "the lunacy of multiculturalism'.

In a column in the Exeter Express and Echo David Challice also referred to "cash-strapped Moslems" - saying should have multiple wives.

UKIP is not a party that believes in public debate and conversation being stifled by an obsession with political correctness. So the threshold for which the mere expression of opinion merits disciplinary action should be set high.

That threshold was quite obviously breached in yesterday's furore but it is has certainly not been today. Indeed, there are quite legitimate public concerns about the interaction of the benefits system with men who have multiple wives and these have been widely aired in the media (for example, see Daily Telegraph July 30, 2012).

Mr Challice’s remarks about women in the workplace and his wife were intended as a joke and indeed were understood as such. He does not seriously believe women should not work. Given that his wife works in the same office as he does it would be curious if he did.

The quote about Greek and Turkish drivers is not one originated by Mr Challice but is taken from a book by the noted cultural commentator Brian Sewell and indeed is attributed to Mr Sewell in the text.

– UKIP spokesman

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