Ann Winterton gets the boot (again)...
For a politician to get sacked once is unfortunate. But twice is just plain idiocy. And for the same vile thing too - telling racist jokes.
So what were these two jokes? And are they racist? Well, the first one is for sure. The second I think is just bad taste. Worse still - neither is remotely funny.
In 2002 Ms Winterton, 63, told this dreadful joke at a rugby club after dinner speech:
"An Englishman, a Cuban, a Japanese man and a Pakistani were all on a train. The Cuban threw a fine Havana cigar out the window. When he was asked why he replied: 'They are 10 a penny in my country'. The Japanese man then threw a Nikon camera out of the carriage, adding: 'These are 10 a penny in my country'. The Englishman then picked up the Pakistani and threw him out of the train window. When all the other travelers asked him to account for his actions, he said: 'They are 10 a penny in my country'."
And then last night she told this equally offensive joke at a Whitehall dinner:
"Two sharks swimming in the Atlantic. One shark turned to the other to say he was fed up chasing tuna and the other said, 'Why don't we go to Morecambe Bay and get some Chinese?' "
The woman is plainly an abhorrent being and should be banished from the Kingdom. Her name is an anagram of: WENT IN ON RANT