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Nigel Farage wants to get rid of race discrimination laws

If elected UKIP would axe most laws that protect against ethnic bias in the workplace

Nigel Farage has unveiled yet another nail in the coffin he plans on using to bury multicultural Britain. If elected, UKIP would scrap most legislation designed to prevent racial discrimination in the workplace.

“I would argue that the law does need changing, and that if an employer wishes to choose, or you can use the word 'discriminate' if you want to, but wishes to choose to employ a British-born person, they should be allowed to do so." Said Farage, a white, Anglo-Saxon former city trader.

His comments came from a documentary on race, to be aired on Channel 4 next week. The eurosceptic politician went on to question the relevancy of laws preventing racial discrimination in employment, saying that 40 years ago they “would probably have been valid”, but not today.

Unfortunately for Mr. Farage the facts don’t support his claims (not that it’s ever stopped him before). Youth unemployment for ethnic minorities has risen 50% under the coalition government. If it's especially hard to find a job if you’re a non-white kid, then you have to have to question the sense in getting rid of the laws to prevent racial discrimination in the workplace.

Sadiq Khan, the shadow Justice Secretary, condemed Farage's comments saying, “This is one of the most shocking things I have ever heard from a mainstream politician and demonstrates breathtaking ignorance."

Both Labour and the Tory’s have branded his comments as “shocking” and “deeply concerning”. Farage however, told the BBC he had been “willfully misinterpreted”, something that seems to happen to him quite a lot. “We as a party are colour-blind,” he declared. Sure, we can agree that UKIP as a party is pretty blind– not so sure about the colour bit, though.