Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe: I do not care how many “ethnics” are in Parliament

Brexit Party MEP and MP candidate Ann Widdecombe has said that she does not care how many “ethnics” are elected to Parliament.

Speaking during a debate about women in Parliament on Good Morning Britain, she claimed that the UK should have a “meritocratic” system and that she would rather have a non-diverse Parliament if the MPs were of a high quality.


She did not take into account that many MPs represent diverse constituencies, and therefore diversity can be a key factor in the quality of an MP, and their ability to reflect the experiences of those constituents.

She said:

“Women get there on their own merits. That is the only basis on which they should get there and I do not care how many women, ethnics, gays, old folks, young folks, ginger headed folks or anybody else are there.”

Widdecombe’s use of the antiquated term “ethnics” has also generated a backlash on social media, while she seemingly conflated the experiences of people of colour with “ginger headed folks”.

Yet, as we all know, Widdecombe has a history of making crass comments in front of a camera. Earlier this year she likened Britain’s relationship to the EU as one of a slave and slave owner, in comments that were widely criticised. Despite the backlash, she defended her comments.

She has also said that science may “produce an answer” to being gay and has backed shackling female prisoners.

Baroness Warsi, who also participated in the debate, tried to explain to Widdecombe that minority groups face disadvantages, and not getting to Parliament is not a reflection of their mediocrity. But Widdecombe stood by her comments.

Another example of the Brexit Party being stuck in the 1950s.

2 responses to “Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe: I do not care how many “ethnics” are in Parliament

  1. after watching ‘Fare Dogers’ on channel 5 that didnt actually rejoice in londons diversity, and going through one days main stories on bbc website, london bridge attack, Josh Banana rapist, sana Muhammmad crosbow killer, Star city machete attack Hayes landlord gurdeep kaur paying back 430,000 in illegal renting, the rise in romanian gang crimes, i am a little worried. if labour cannot win against these priviliged fops, with a shadow government that contains Abbott and costello sorry Thornbury, how we gonna get sane and keep us living in the best country in the world

  2. Caring “not a jot” about the colour of someones skin, isn’t racism. Quite the opposite.

    So maybe you should write an article articulating why you think numerically representative quotas (which of course requires caring about the inate characteristic a human being has, judging them according to it, and disqualifying them if they don’t meet your numerical requirement) should be a thing?

    As MLK said, ‘the contents of their character’ is what matters, not their skin colour.

    As for the idea that certain words should be outlawed and banned lest they upset another human, that’s no better than Nazis burning books that offended them. Words are just words. Socially enforced censorship can only ever lead to bad outcomes, as proven by the world we all currently live in. It’s why decent Germans (and there were a lot of them) found it a difficult to impossible to speak up against Hitler, and decent Russians couldn’t speak out against Stalin. They were intimidated into silence by those who declared their words (objections) to be objectionable heresy that should be punishable. There’s a wealth of personal accounts from recent history you can read to prove that.

    Sorry I’ve read a few of your articles now, and resisted commenting on them, but this one appears to be a blatant call for people to be discriminated against based upon the colour of their skin (ie actual racism), disguised under the banners of ‘a word I find offensive’ thus making its use ‘an act of racism’, as a means to justify condemnation of the person who said it, because she holds different political views to you. Not because it was an ‘act of racism’.

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