Despite the UK leading the world in the effectiveness of its aid programmes, Tory MP Philip Davies is all over the Daily Mail and Express today claiming that we are a “soft touch” on assistance given to poor countries:
“Once again we’re the soft touch of the international community … We must be stark raving mad.”
Could this possibly be the very same Philip Davies who bombarded equalities chiefs with a series of 19 letters in which he claimed that there was nothing offensive about blacking up? The MP asked:
“why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this”
The Lord Ashcroft-backed Tory also demanded to know whether the women-only Orange prize for fiction discriminates against men, whether the Metropolitan Black Police Association breaches the law by restricting its membership to black people and whether discrimination laws ought to be extended “to cover bald people (and perhaps fat people and short people)”.
It seems that promulgating offensive right-wing views in the guise of “political correctness” is something of a hereditary condition as far as Davies is concerned.
As Mayor of Doncaster his father campaigned to remove council support for a gay pride march.