Conservatives’ house czar Sir Roger Scruton has been sacked by the UK government after months of pressure following ‘racist, homophobic and antisemitic’ comments.
The architectural expert – who was appointed last year to oversee the commission to improve design quality in the UK – faced backlash after making remarks that being gay was “not normal” and date rape was not a crime.
Last year, articles featured in an American conservative journal published back in 2001 were uncovered and Scruton was reportedly quoted saying that homosexuality knocks “ten years off your life expectancy” and he compared the public health panic about smoking with the “pussyfooting over Aids”.
He said: “The fact that the promiscuous habits of many male homosexuals have greatly advanced this disease has done nothing to make nanny warn against homosexuality or against exposing young people, even children, to its allure.”
Scruton also claimed that people live “longer, happier and healthier lives” if they are in a “stable marriage if they support of a religion, and if they adhere to the traditional sexual code.”
And now, the Tory government have dismissed him after he claimed in an interview with the New Statesmen – which was published this week – that “each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Professor Sir Roger Scruton has been dismissed as Chairman of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission with immediate effect, following his unacceptable comments.”