Jeremy Vine panelist Mike Parry hits out at M25 protesters
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While discussing the M25 protestors, the 66-year-old journalist raged at the “detriment” the movement was causing before launching into a rant about minorities on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine. Viewers immediately expressed their outrage at his comments, as the radio presenter also posted on social media following the outburst.
“I think if we are a free society and I’m very glad to be,” journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown remarked while debating the Insulate Britain protests on the M25.
She continued: “Living in a free society, we have to put up with some of this.
“When the farmers took to the roads, none of the traditional right-wing papers objected in the way they are now.”
“Not to the detriment of millions of others,” Mike cut in, adding: “The problem is in this country, in all areas, is that minorities always get the upper hand.
“Because we’re so tolerant. And minorities have to be squashed like that,” at this point he banged his fist on the table in front of him.
Stunned, Yasmin commented: “I think you should go and live in China. They could do with you over there.”
He responded: “So the rest of society can operate normally.”
Host Jeremy, 56, muttered: “We don’t want to do too much squashing of minorities on a Friday.”
After a backlash online, Mike has since posted an explanation to his 125,000 Twitter followers.
He wrote: “1. Can I explain please the context of my comment on the @JeremyVineOn5 show this morning: ‘Minorities have to be squashed’.
“It sounds brutal in isolation but it was directly aimed at the M25 protestors and OTHER minority groups who’ve had a disproportionate effect on life.”
In a separate post, he went on: “2. Before today’s show we were discussing wind power/energy sources .. a story we covered.
“And I expressed the view: ‘Fracking could have saved this country from relying on overseas energy .. but once again a tiny minority of protestors stopped it happening. Why? It’s mad’.”
He concluded: “3. I do not regard anybody who is not my religion, creed or colour as a person in a minority group.
“I’m not even aware that I live in a mixed-race society. I just live in our society.
“To link my “minorities” comment to ethnicity is just silly… I don’t think like that…”
Viewers weren’t convinced however, with Al writing: “If you sincerely meant something else by “minorities” (laughable excuse btw) why not come out and apologise for your poor use of language rather than calling people silly for being rightfully disgusted by your words.”
Ross McCafferty penned: “‘I’m not even aware that I live in a mixed race society’ That’s your problem mate.”
“Keep posting through it, you’re not making it worse or anything,” commented Trizzy Gillespie.
Chris added: “We’re not linking it to ethnicity. We’re linking it to minorities ‘in all areas’ which is what you actually said.”
Jeremy Vine airs weekdays at 9.15am on Channel 5.
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