A Ukip candidate for Glasgow Council has provoked anger after comparing being gay to being attracted to gorillas.
Gisela Allen said that the animals made her “hormones go absolutely crazy” to bizarrely illustrate a point about being sexuality being “private”.
“I am not anti-gay,” she told the Sunday Herald, “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,” she said.
A spokesperson for the party has since said that Allen was joking when she made the comments.
“She was taking the mick out of the Herald journalist,” they told The Independent. “She is absolutely flabbergasted that anybody would take her seriously”.
One twitter user wrote: “Paul Nuttall being a lot louder about controlling women’s dress than he is about people being sexually attracted to gorillas.”
In a separate but equally bizarre interview, with the Clyde Bank Post, the politician proposed a return to capital punishment — this time using the guillotine — and said mothers should not return to work.
Responding to the question, ‘Why do you want to be a councillor?’, Allen said: “I want the death penalty to be re-enacted. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hanging. You could have the guillotine. I think the public is entitled to protection.
“I don’t want increased child care. Women with small children should stay at home and look after their own children. Nurseries shouldn’t get support.”
Although there was no mention of gorillas, she did again say that she didn’t want “any LGBT community”.
She also said that she believes that SNP is a “public danger” and that “we are heading for World War III.”
“I don’t want increased child care. Women with small children should stay at home and look after their own children. Nurseries shouldn’t get support,” she said.