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SNP MP Nicolson must apologise for “ignorant racial slur”

MP John Nicolson has been urged to apologise and delete a tweet in which he makes an “ignorant racial slur”.

The SNP member for Ochil and South Perthshire MP made the offensive comment in a video post ahead of his appearance on BBC’s Debate Night yesterday.

He said politicians should never apply their own make-up before TV appearances because, when they do, “they go a bit overly brown, they tend to tandoori themselves”.

Scottish Conservative MSP Pam Gosal has today written to Mr Nicolson demanding he says sorry and removes the tweet, which she branded “an offensive stereotype that I hoped we’d left behind in the 1970s”.  

 

Scottish Conservative MSP Pam Gosal said: “I can’t believe John Nicolson thought this ignorant racial slur was remotely appropriate.

“To use the term ‘tandoori’ in relation to brown skin colour is grossly offensive. The subtext is clear: brown people eat curry.

“It’s an offensive stereotype that I’d hoped we’d left behind in the 1970s, yet here we have a supposedly ‘progressive’ politician using it in 2023.

“John Nicolson needs to apologise for his lazy and crude pigeonholing and remove this crass tweet.”

 

Notes

 

John Nicolson’s tweet is here: https://twitter.com/MrJohnNicolson/status/1631000877094821889