Your kindler, gentler Conservative Party

June 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Idiot Hall of Fame | Leave a comment

Feel the love:

A Tory candidate at the next general election has apologised after he likened Italians to “greasy wops” during a live radio show.

Alun Cairns, a Welsh assembly member, made the gaffe while taking part on Radio Cymru’s weekly discussion show Dau o’r Bae on Friday lunchtime.

Towards the end of the show, contributors were asked to say who they would be supporting in the Euro 2008 tournament.

One mentioned that she had written a note saying “boring” next to Sweden, and “nice flag” next to Portugal on a list of teams.

When she said she had written “nice food” next to Italy on the list, Cairns said: “I’ve written greasy wops.”


A spokesman for the Welsh Conservative party said: “Alun apologised on air. He very much regrets making these comments and apologises to anyone who may have taken offence.

“The comments do not reflect his views on Italy or Italian people.”

But it presumably does reflect his views on Italian footballers, right? Well, I don’t suppose there’s any chance of Del Piero seeking to play for one of Wales’ ‘top teams’ any time soon.

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