Gisela Allen, UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) candidate for Garscadden/Scotstounhill, is under fire for a series of proposals she later insisted were personal beliefs, not party policy.
She was responding by phone to questions about why she was running for Glasgow City Council and admitted at the end of the interview, “I was well advised to be quiet”.
During the interview, she made several controversial statements.
“I want the death penalty to be re-enacted. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hanging,” Allen said. “You could have the guillotine. I think the public is entitled to protection.”
“The main purpose of the law is to protect the public. If I could get the guillotine, lethal injection or firing squad I would gladly have it. I would also castrate violent criminals. You castrate bulls, horses, dogs – it takes the aggression away. Moreover, these violent criminals can’t have any more children themselves. And I am all for the cat o’ nine tails. You like violence? Well let’s see how you like to be on the receiving end.”
“I don’t want increased child care,” she said. “Women with small children should stay at home and look after their own children. Nurseries (day care centers) shouldn’t get support.
Despite her age she is in favour of euthanising the elderly and the sick. She said: “The NHS spends a fortune on prolonging the lives of, for instance, cancer sufferers. Settle the whole nonsense. Kidney transplants, heart transplants – come off it.”
Allen also suggested feee bus passes should be eliminated and the retirement age should be raised to 70.
“The whole school system needs to be overhauled. She continued: “We are heading for World War III. The educational system all over Europe is collapsing and the greatest danger to the world as it stands is China and India.”
Every class should have a classroom and not get moved around. No sex education in school and I don’t want any LGBT community — it’s private life, none of anyone’s business. She said: “I am not anti-gay – but how can you call that a community? Sex life is everybody’s private affair. You do not come out and declare openly. Do you think I am going all over the city and saying my idea of a sexually-attractive creature is a gorilla? When I go to a zoo and I see a gorilla my hormones go absolutely crazy. I find a gorilla very attractive.” But she doesn’t talk about it so why should gay, lesbian or bisexual people talk about their sex life?
Allen came to Scotland from Switzerland in 1961 as an exchange student where she met her Jamaican husband, who was in the RAF. They had four children and ran a bed and breakfast.
When her husband died Allen began volunteering at Glasgow Zoo and insists this experience has made her a “good public speaker” who is able to connect with an audience.
Bill Kidd, Scottish National Party parliament member for Glasgow Anniesland, said the comments proved UKIP was out of step with the country.
“It is one thing to be an opinionated individual, that’s what democracy is about,” he said, “but Ms Allen with these outlandish statements has become a manifestation of all that makes her party so very unrepresentative of the constituents in Garscadden/Scotstounhill, or for that matter in Glasgow and Scotland.