Amber Rudd has apologised for using the term ‘coloured’ in a BBC interview after drawing criticism from Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said that she was ‘mortified’ after using ‘clumsy language’ on the Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2.
‘I apologise for using such old-fashioned language, there really is no excuse’ said Ms Rudd. ‘I meant to use more politically correct nomenclature – I believe the correct term now is ‘funny tinge’’.
‘Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not racist and that I’ve always believed in equality for all people regardless of how funny their tinge may be. I support people of all tinges and of no tinge at all’.
Following the interview Diane Abbott tweeted that ‘the term coloured is an outdated, offensive and revealing choice of words’.
‘Of course I apologise to Diane if I’ve offended her’ said Ms Rudd. ‘But if you are implying that there is something more sinister in my choice of words then you’re way off the mark sister’.
‘I pride myself on having my finger on the pulse of black culture. In fact two of my favourite entertainers are Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby, they’re both a great credit to their race. Although in the end you couldn’t tell if Michael Jackson was black, white, funny tinge or half-caste. You see how confusing it can be?’
Rudd’s comments have also drawn criticism from her cabinet colleagues.
‘Fancy making such a gaffe’ said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
‘If I had made a howler like that I would resign immediately. But then I take ownership of my mistakes – maybe I’m just a bit more principled and self-aware than other politicians’.
‘I suppose that’s why I’m so respected’.