FWD David Cameron attacks Disability Arts
- Cameron accused of 'crass insensitivity' after one-legged Lithuanians
David Cameron was accused of a politically incorrect gaffe last night
over a lighthearted remark he made about one-legged Lithuanians at a
meeting with leading figures in the arts world.
Labour said the Tory leader was guilty of "crass insensitivity" after
the comment, made at an Arts Council lunch on Tuesday, was leaked to
The Mail on Sunday.
According to Arts Council sources, Mr Cameron told his hosts: "I hope
you won't be giving grants to too many one-legged Lithuanian
lesbians," prompting embarrassed looks all round.
Arts Council chairman Sir Christopher Frayling broke the silence by
observing drily to his chief executive Peter Hewitt: "I thought we
just have, haven't we, Peter?"
Mr Cameron tried to damp down the row last night, claiming he had not
referred to "one-legged Lithuanian lesbians", but "one-legged
Lithuanian dance troupes".
A Tory official said: "He was trying to make a serious point - that
Lottery grants should go to the right causes and not to one-legged
dance troupes. He did not refer to lesbians."