Philip Davies told the Commons:
"If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on.
"Given that some of those people with a learning disability clearly, by definition, cannot be as productive in their work as somebody who has not got a disability of that nature, then it was inevitable that, given the employer was going to have to pay them both the same, they were going to take on the person who was going to be more productive, less of a risk.
"My view is that for some people the national minimum wage may be more of a hindrance than a helpIf those people who consider it is being a hindrance to them, and in my view that's some of the most vulnerable people in society, if they feel that for a short period of time, taking a lower rate of pay to help them get on their first rung of the jobs ladder, if they judge that that is a good thing, I don't see why we should be standing in their way."
What a stupid ignorant offensive (I could fill this paragraph with adjectives) man. But a man who is a member of a governing coalition. Do those LibDems siting alongside Davies really feel comfortable being in Government which contains people with such views.
Amongst other contributions he has made to our political life has been as the parliamentary spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness and he has been accused of wasting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's time by sending a stream of correspondence to its Chair, Trevor Phillips, between 2008 and 2009. In this correspondence, he asked questions relating to race and sex discrimination such as: "Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person?" and "Why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this?"]
He also asked whether it was racist for a policeman to refer to a BMW as "black man's wheels" ( I Think it is) and whether the Metropolitan Black Police Association breaches discrimination law by restricting its membership to black people. Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, said: "This correspondence seems a complete and utter waste of time... he shouldn't be using the Human Rights Commission as basically a source of legal advice."
In March 2007 he voted against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 which proposed to allow the Secretary of State to make regulations defining discrimination and harassment on grounds of sexual orientation, create criminal offences, and provide for exceptions.
In early 2010, Davies was criticised by the press] and religious organisations for using Parliamentary rules to "wreck" the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill, an anti-poverty measure designed to stop "Vulture funds" from buying up the debt of third-word countries in order to aggressively pursue repayments through the international courts. How proud he and his fellow Tories must be of this?
Perhaps Davies would be more at home in the English Democrats His father is Peter Davies, who in 2009 was elected Mayor of Doncaster for that Party but then again they might find him a bit to much of an embarrassing.
What is unless Davies views on the employment of some of the most vulnerable members of our Society by the whole Conservative party they can't complain if I and others see their silence as tacit approval and judge them as a whole on the unpalatable views of their colleagues.