Britain should salute itself for punishing Paul Gascoigne, says presenter Bob Mills

Paul Gascoigne: 'We should salute ourselves' for legislating against casual racism, says presenter Bob Mills

Paul Gascoigne was fined yesterday at Dudley Magistrates Court (Getty)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The people of Britain should "salute ourselves" for clamping down on the sort of racism displayed by Paul Gascoigne, according to Bob Mills.

The comedian and talkRADIO presenter said the UK is doing the right thing by legislating against casual racism, after former England football star Gascoigne was fined £1,000 for racially aggravated abuse.

Gascoigne pleaded guilty and admitted to using "threatening or abusive words or behaviour" in a joke made during An Evening With Gazza in Wolverhampton. The former Spurs midfielder asked security guard Errol Rowe "Can you smile please, because I can't see you?"

Mills told his fellow talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The legacy of casual racism in the 50s, 60 and 70s in this country, that's the situation we've got into, the only way we can stop it is you have to legislate against it.

"You can't get away with anything at public-run venues and in public any more because it's against the law.

"He [Gascoigne] was doing it because he was getting a good fee, he'd have been getting a very healthy fee, and if you get paid for something you have to have responsibility.

"We should salute ourselves [for censoring Gascoigne] because most countries in Western Europe don't do that."

Listen to the full interview to find out more