Lest anyone doubt that the UK Independence Party is composed of strange, grumpy old men who want the country to be just like it was when they were growing up, one UKIP MEP has just decided that equal rights for women is bad and makes them unemployable.

Apparently, some small businessmen are so sexist that they won’t employ women just in case they get pregnant, and that means that we shouldn’t have any employment rights for women at all. Talk about your classic case of conclusions first, rationalisation second…

It’s apparently irrelevant that maternity rights have done far, far more good than bad. We don’t want any of this crazy sex discrimination law. And while we’re at it, let’s chuck out all of that downright, well, “european” race discrimination law, equal pay law, disability discrimination law, human rights law, and employment protection. That stuff that’s transformed our working lives for the better over the last 30 years. It’s all much too Belgian. UKIP said so.

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