Jeremy Vine hit with 383 Ofcom complaints after Mike Parry ‘minorities’ remark

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Jeremy Vine has been slapped with 383 Ofcom complaints from raging viewers after a guest said "minorities have to be squashed" on the Channel 5 show.

Last week, the flagship debate show had hosted a controversial debate about protestors in the M25 – who were part of the Insulate Britain protests.

During the debate on on Friday (1 October), radio presenter Mike Parry shocked viewers when he slammed minorities, declaring that the UK was "too tolerant" towards them.

Mike Parry appeared as a panelist on the show alongside journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, but the segment took a tense turn when Mike ranted about minorities.

Mike had said: "The problem in this country in all areas is that minorities always get the upper hand because we're so tolerant."

Discussing the eco-protestors on the M25, Jeremy said: "If they're going to get superglue and glue themselves to the road, you've got to think about ripping them off."

Mike agreed, insisting: "You do! Of course you do!"

Jeremy continued: "You do, haven't you? You've got to say, if this is the situation where you say, 'I'm sorry, but we're going to have to tear you off.

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Yasmin disagreed as she replied: "Listen, I'm old enough to remember the Greenham Common Women and we did fantastic stuff that everybody got incredibly cross about.

Mike shot back: "Yes, but they didn't inconvenience millions of other people,"

Yasmin argued: "I think, if we are a free society – and I'm very glad to be living in a free society – then we have to put up with some of this.

"When the farmers took to the roads, none of the traditional right wing papers objected in the way they're objecting now-"

Daily Star has contacted Channel 5 for comment.

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