David Starkey defends comparing the SNP to Nazis

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TV historian David Starkey has defended an interview during which he compared the SNP to Nazis and said gay men who want to be parents are “ludicrous”.

The 70-year-old, who is openly gay, compared the Scottish saltire to a swastika, and said the SNP’s view of the English was reminiscent of Adolf Hitler’s hatred of the Jews, in an interview with the Sunday Times.

Asked whether he wanted to apologise for the comments on Sky News this morning, he said: “No of course not. We have this awful idiotic PC politics.”

Going on, he said: “The SNP is a virulently nationalist party of a type we have not had in Britain. It models itself on continental extreme nationalist movements of the 1930s.

“I’m not saying they are about to set up concentration camps. I’m not saying that we are going not see kristallnacht of English business in Edinburgh. But the resemblances are striking and are worrying. It’s time we called things by their proper name.

“We spent years fussing in Britain about completely minor fringe things like the BNP and whatever – they are nothing compared with the Scottish nationalist party which has seized control of a whole country and is pushing this kind of radical agenda. They talk about civic nationalism, the word civic is merely a fig leaf, or perhaps bearing in mind its Scotland, a jock strap.”

In the Sunday Times interview, he said he thinks the legalisation of homosexuality has “largely destroyed homosexual creativity.”

Mr Starkey also defended scientist Tim Hunt, who resigned last week after making sexist comments about working with women, and said he “detests victimhood.”

Of disabled people, Mr Starkey said he hates it when they “parade their wounds”.

Mr Starkey was condemned for referring to political journalist Mehdi Hasan as ‘Ahmed’ while appearing on Question Time earlier this year.

Writing in The Telegraph in June 2012, Starkey questioned whether equal marriage was really necessary at all.

In a discussion on Newsnight about the riots of 2011, Starkey said: ”The whites have become black”.