‘Patronising’ and ‘misogynist’ Tory pilloried for ‘on your bike’ remark

Craig Mackinlay made the “flippant” remarks at a Conservative conference fringe meeting

Craig Mackinlay is the only MP to have been charged with electoral fraud after the investigation into spending by the Conservative Party during the 2015 general election.

His trial is due to begin on May 14 next year, and you’d expect him to keep as low a profile as possible until then, wouldn’t you?

But then, you see, he’s a Tory.

So not only does he come out echoing Norman Tebbit, who told people his government had slung out of work to get “on your bike” and travel the UK looking for jobs that weren’t there, back in the 1980s…

Mr Mackinlay seems to think it appropriate for the Party of Aspiration (ha ha) to tell ambitious, well-qualified young people to get out in the fields, presumably in anticipation of the time the “gorgeous EU women” currently working there get deported by his government.

That’s not “matching the motivation” of EU workers – it is capitulating to the will of an elite minority determined to push down the working majority.

No wonder Mr Mackinlay is backpedalling (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) just as fast as he can.

But it’s too late. He said the words, and the whole country can see exactly how this over-privileged rich boy, whose status as an MP stands in question and could have been gained by crooked means, regards people who have to work for an honest living.

A Conservative MP has been criticised for saying unemployed young people should take farm jobs working with “gorgeous EU women”.

Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, told a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference that British youngsters should match the motivation of low-skilled European workers.

He has been branded “misogynistic” and “patronising” by other MPs.

Mr Mackinlay said his “flippant” remarks had been taken out of context.

“I was struggling to think why wouldn’t a youngster from Glasgow without a job come down to the south to work for a farm for the summer with loads of gorgeous EU women working there?” the Business Insider quoted him as saying.

“What’s not to like? Get on your bike and find a job.”

Source: Work with ‘gorgeous EU women’, MP Craig Mackinlay says – BBC News

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  1. NMac October 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    A spell in Dartmoor will do this loathsome man good.

  2. Ann Ford October 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I am a great fan of these big mouthed MPs shouting at the rest of us to do certain things, that they try and test what they have said first, for themselves, before the rest of us even consider it.

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