Polish MEP who said women should be paid less is suspended without pay. OH WELL!

Enthusiastic fan of Jilly Cooper, books, horses and singing. Not a made-up person.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke has been suspended from the European Parliament without pay following a debate on gender in which he said that women should be paid less as they were "smaller, weaker and less intelligent." The smaller, weaker and less intelligent members of Parliament took against this, and Korwin-Mikke has now been soundly trounced for his words.

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As well as being suspended for 10 days, Korwin-Mikke loses 30 days of his daily subsistence allowance, which Sky estimates to be around £8000.

He will also not be permitted to represent the Parliament for a year.

During the debate on March 1, he said: "Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent. They must earn less, that's all."

The female Spanish MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez replied angrily: "Look, according to your theory, I should not have the right to be here, as a member of this parliament. I know it hurts you, I know it hurts and worries you, that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you. I am here to defend all European women from men like you."

On announcing the sanctions this week, which Parliament described as being of "unprecedented severity", President of the Parliament Antonio Tajani said: "I will not tolerate such behaviour, in particular when it comes from someone who is expected to discharge his duties as a representative of the peoples of Europe with due dignity.

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"By offending all women, (Korwin-Mikke) displayed contempt for our most fundamental values."

Korwin-Mikke has previously referred to refugees as "human garbage", made racist remarks, and commented on the Holocaust, so we're sure he'll be much missed during his time away.

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