I am amazed at the number of people on here who actually support this man's racist comments.
He already has a track record of using derogatory language to describe black or Asian people and of making clumsy and offensive remarks about their cultures.
His motivation for making these remarks appear not to be connected to a concern as to the unequal treatment of women, as an extract from one of his articles demonstrates:
"Almost every dollar of Western aid seems tied to some programme of female emancipation — stamping out clitorectomy, polygamy, bride-price, or whatever. And while some readers may feel vaguely that the African male should not be stampeded into abandoning his ancient prerogatives, one cannot doubt the care — bordering on obsession — with which Western workers pursue their ends.”
However, he is well aware of people's propensity for prejudice and is happy to indulge it, in the hope of raising his political profile.
About Libya he said: ""The only thing they've got to do [in Libya] is clear the dead bodies away and then we'll be there."
Would the image of thousands of white men, women and children lying dead and mutilated on the streets of a European country be thought a suitable subject for humour?
This man is a disgrace and I am very sorry to see that the vast majority of Gransnetters support if not his exact words then his sentiments. From what I've read on Mumsnet, they appear to take a very different view, thank goodness.