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Rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins, formerly of the Sun and now of the MailOnline, has an original approach to constitutional reform, albeit one with some rather questionable overtones.
Speaking at an Electoral Reform Society event on the fringes of the Kipper conference, Hopkins was asked what she would do to fix the House of Lords.
Watch: Katie Hopkins on House of Lords – she wouldn’t mind if we “seal up the room and gas the lot of them” #UKIP15 pic.twitter.com/gNsvXjsHqt
— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) September 25, 2015
“As for the House of Lords, sir, people like me, the people I represent, the things I articulate for the nation, actually, we don’t really give a shit about the House of Lords because we think they’re all a bunch of plonkers.
“They’ve just put [bra tycoon] Michelle Mone in there – frankly, once you’ve got Michelle Mone in anywhere you really don’t really care about it. Frankly, I don’t really mind if you seal up the room and gas the lot of them.”
Later in the day Hopkins told ITV’s political correspondent Paul Brand that she thought the widely spread photo of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi had been “staged”, a comment even the Farage himself thought went a bit far.
.@KTHopkins exact words:’There’s far too many people out there supporting refugees and migrants…they were very upset by that staged photo’ — Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 25, 2015
When I pressed her: ‘ the more we encourage them to come, the more people are going to drown…so I say don’t get upset about one photo’.
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 25, 2015
Asked Nigel Farage whether he thinks the photo of 3 year-old Aylan was ‘staged’. ‘I doubt it, but I don’t know’ he says. — Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 25, 2015
Image Credit – House of Lords during Queen Caroline trial, via Ashley Van Haeften