I hardly know where to begin with this. So let me just come right out and repeat the facts. Nigel Farage appears to have suggested that it's acceptable for an establishment like Claridge's to ask breastfeeding women to sit in a corner whilst nursing their babies.
The hotel sparked a media furore this week after asking a mother to breastfeed underneath a cloth.
The Guardian reports:
Nigel Farage has backed the decision of Claridge’s hotel to ask a breastfeeding woman to cover up, saying that mothers should “perhaps sit in the corner” when they breastfeed.
The leader of the UK Independence Party said he didn't feel strongly about the issue of breastfeeding in public but added that "people of the older generation feel awkward and embarrassed by it". He also suggested that women ought to feed their babies in a way that wasn't ostentatious.
During a radio interview, Farage was asked whether women should be told to breastfeed their babies in the toilets, to which he replied:
"“Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be – that’s up to Claridge’s. It’s not an issue that I get terribly hung up about, but I know particularly people of the older generation feel awkward and embarrassed by it.”
I will never wrap my head around why anyone can get their knickers in a twist about a woman using her mammaries as Nature intended them to be used, and yet we still have women posing topless in the pages of national newspapers.
He later added:
“Let me get this clear, as I said on the radio and as I repeat now, I personally have no problem with mothers breastfeeding wherever they want,” he said. “What I said was - and it is immensely frustrating that I have to explain this - is that if the establishment in question, in this case Claridge’s, wants to maintain rules about this stuff, then that is up to them, as it should be. I remarked that perhaps they might ask women to sit in a corner. Did I say I believe they should have to? No. Did I say I personally endorse this concept? No."
Hmm. So what's your view?
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