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Peer’s apology over racist phrase

A Tory frontbencher has apologised after using a racist phrase during a House of Lords debate.

Lord Dixon Smith retracted the remark in the chamber, saying: “I apologise, my Lords. I left my brains behind. I apologise to the House.”

The 73-year-old said later the phrase “nigger in the woodpile” was in common use when he was younger.

But Labour MPs called for him to be sacked, with one saying the remark was racist and “deeply offensive”.

A spokeswoman for Conservative leader David Cameron said: “This was not an appropriate thing to say and it was absolutely right that he apologised to the House.” She said he would not be sacked from the front bench over the comments. [BBC]


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 10th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
I enjoyed Lucy Liu's comments in an interview in the Metro where she said that all Chinese people look the same. Give her a peerage etc.
Jul. 10th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Ah, but if she senses that she's being interviewed by an idiot, she tends to mess with them. Years ago she told one interviewer, who had mentioned something about Chinese eyes, that because she was Chinese her ladygarden went sideways too. She was gratified to see him look astonished and say, "Really?"
Jul. 10th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
She also said that she votes BNP, loves Al Jolson films and wants to kill Barak Obama.
Jul. 10th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, she's cute.
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