Jeremy Vine backlash: Mike Parry ‘minorities’ remark sparks 383 Ofcom complaints
Jeremy Vine panelist Mike Parry hits out at M25 protesters
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During last Friday’s Jeremy Vine, the Channel 5 host spoke with journalist Mike Parry and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown about the Insulate Britain protestors causing disruption on the M25. The debate got heated between the guests and Mike sparked outrage with viewers after he raged at the “detriment” the movement was causing. The radio DJ stunned Yasmin and viewers when he claimed, “minorities always get the upper hand” and that they need to be “squashed”. It has now been confirmed that TV watchdog Ofcom received 383 complaints regarding Mike’s comments.
Yasmin began the discussion by agreeing with the protestors as she commented: “I think if we are a free society and I’m very glad to be,
“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.”
Mike completely disagreed with Yasmin’s point of view, as he interrupted: “Not to the detriment of millions of others.”
He continued: “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,” he explained as he banged his fist on the desk.
Clearly taken aback by Mike’s comments, Yasmin hit back: “I think you should go and live in China. They could do with you over there.”
“So, the rest of society can operate normally,” he replied.
Weighing into the discussion, Jeremy said: “We don’t want to do too much squashing of minorities on a Friday.”
Following the segment, unimpressed viewers took to social media to share their thoughts on Mike’s remarks.
Georgie raged: “How on earth can he be allowed to get away with saying the minorities need to be squashed?”
Annie penned: “Shame on you for having this man on and allowing him to spout his fascist views. Just what the UK needs right now.”
While Jason added: “He said minorities. I just think this is sickening, right-wing language. How can you defend it? Maybe @JeremyVineOn5 should issue an apology?” (sic)
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After a backlash online, Mike defended his comments on social media.
In view of his 125,000 Twitter followers, he penned: “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.”
He continued: “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’.”
“3. I do not regard anybody who is not my religion, creed or colour as a person in a minority group,” Mike concluded.
“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…”
Jeremy Vine airs weekdays at 9:15am on Channel 5.
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