Comedian says racism 'at the heart' of Government policy

Comedian Frankie Boyle told the High Court today that racism is "at the heart" of British Government policy. He said the racist views of some people in power "trickle" through society.

Comedian Frankie Boyle Credit: Press Association

He was giving evidence after complaining the Daily Mirror libelled him by describing him as "Racist comedian Frankie Boyle". He said it was "important" to highlight the issue by mocking the attitudes of racists he "despised" in comedy routines.

Boyle said: "I think you have a lot of rich and Conservative people who control our country who are racist and their views trickle down through things like tabloid papers. I think there is racism at the heart of British policy and has been both in Labour and Conservative times."