This is a thoughtful and insightful blog.I could not say anything in any clearer way frankly. TIM WILSON
The story did not seem to me to be “a non-story” and Coburn and Farage compound the original insult by referring to it as a joke however crass or tasteless they may describe it. these people deserve to be thoroughly and mercilessly ridiculed until they sit up and pay attention. It is time they understood and appreciated what a joke can be!
James Gillray is one of my heroes
this is what the UKIP spokesman said at the time:
Glenn Campbell, BBC Scotland political correspondent
UKIP said David Coburn had apologised to Humza Yousaf.
They said he would be making no further comment on what a spokesman described as a “non-story”.
But that’s unlikely to be the last word on the matter.
Mr Yousaf said he was taking “legal advice” to see if he could pursue a complaint under legislation against race or religious hatred.
It has also emerged that the Scottish government is inviting MSPs to vote to express their disapproval.
Cabinet minister Alex Neil has tabled an amendment to a motion celebrating Scotland’s diverse communities.
It says parliament “unites in condemning the recent comments by David Coburn MEP”.
MSPs will decide on Wednesday whether or not to endorse that rebuke to Scotland’s most outspoken Euro MP.
David Coburn, the openly gay Kipper MEP for Scotland, is in the Groanoiad and Scottish Daily Mail for allegedly referring to Humza Yousaf as Abu Hamza in an interview with the latter paper. Yousaf is the MSP for Glasgow, and the Minister for Europe and International Development in the Scottish parliament. Yousaf and Coburn were due to take part in the BBC’s Big Immigration Debate, but Yousaf did not arrive. Coburn said of Yousaf’s failure to appear, “Humza Yousaf, or as I call him, Abu Hamza, didn’t seem to turn up.”
His remarks have been condemned by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the Conservative’s leader in Scotland, Ruth Davidson, and Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s deputy leader north of the border. Coburn, however, has said that the remark was supposed to be private, while the Kipper’s Scottish chairman, Arthur Misty Thackeray, said he had simply got the name wrong through a…
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