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SEXIST, racist and homophobic slurs and jokes about paedophilia made by Michael Gove as a student and journalist have been made public.
The Cabinet minister referred to people living in countries colonised by the British as “fuzzy-wuzzies” and described Margaret Thatcher’s policies as a new empire where “the happy south stamps over the cruel, dirty, toothless face of the northerner.”
He also said that gay people “thrive primarily upon short-term relations,” according to recordings made public this week.
The comments were made at three evening debates at the Cambridge Union in February and December 1993, and after his graduation in 1987, the Independent newspaper revealed.
Mr Gove boasted that Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer, who had invited him to speak at one of the debates, was “actually capable of tempting me into bed with her” and that one college’s entire rugby club had had group sex with her.
He also referred to her “preference for peach-flavoured condoms” and said she had done “remarkably well” to come from “the back streets of the slums of Leeds.”
During a debating competition in his final year at Oxford University, Mr Gove said: “It may be moral to keep an empire because the fuzzy-wuzzies can’t look after themselves.
“It may be immoral to keep an empire because the people of the third world have an inalienable right to self-determination, but that doesn’t matter whether it’s moral or immoral.”
Mr Gove also said that Eton “took the cream of the colonial system, it took fettered foreigners and it turned them into gentlemen.”
Stand Up To Racism co-convener Sabby Dhalu told the Star: “The policies coming from this government are no surprise when you see the exposed racist views of some of those in it.
“Such vile, racist, sexist and homophobic comments are not acceptable from anyone, let alone a Cabinet minister. Michael Gove must resign.”
The Liberal Democrats called for the Prime Minister to consider whether Mr Gove should remain in the Cabinet.
“However, given Boris Johnson’s own history of disgraceful remarks, I expect this will be another shameful issue he lets go unchallenged,” chief whip Wendy Chamberlain said.
The Cabinet Office was approached for comment.
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