Switzerland: Finance minister takes parting shot at ‘woke’ culture

Switzerland: Finance minister takes parting shot at ‘woke’ culture

Retiring Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer has tried to explain a controversial comment on gender-neutral people – in which he said he doesn’t want to be replaced by an “it” – by saying it was a deliberate provocation. Maurer, 71, from the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, was speaking at a delegate conference in Lucerne exactly a year before federal elections. Maurer told delegates he was concerned not only by immigration but also by “woke” culture, a reference to people who are inclusive and alert to prejudice and discrimination. There is a rush to deal with the details instead of the big issues, he added. When asked by a journalist at a press conference whether he would be happy if a woman succeeded him, Maurer replied: “I don’t really care whether my successor is a man or a woman – as long as the person isn’t an ‘it’, it’s OK.” He claimed such a big controversy over such a small word showed society’s decadence. He said he didn’t care about a person’s gender. When Maurer…

More: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/finance-minister-takes-parting-shot-at–woke–culture/47999604

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