EDINBURGH Airport’s chief executive has been criticised for making an “inappropriate” joke about prostitutes.
Gordon Dewar made the remark at an after-dinner speech in West Lothian, where he said the Glasgow-Gourock Sunday morning line had once been dubbed the “whorient express” by a rail worker.
But his remark has come under fire by Labour MSP Neil Findlay, who told a Sunday newspaper he had been contacted by concerned guests at the event. “I will be writing to Mr Dewar seeking an apology,” he said.
Dewar was the keynote speaker at the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards earlier this month.
During the speech he tells the audience: “That’s the one we call the whorient express.” Adding: “I’ll take that as a laugh.”
Green MSP Ross Greer said: “Gordon Dewar’s comment was in pathetically poor taste. Sex workers are some of the most marginalised and stigmatised people in the country and thinking it ok to use the word ‘whore’ to describe them shows a callousness he really should apologise for.
A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said: “Gordon was relaying a true story, one that he’s told many times with no offence taken.”
“It was Neil Findlay himself who earlier this year labelled the reaction to one of his own gags as ‘people who want to blow up a humorous comment into something it wasn’t’ and asked if there was no room for humour in politics – we hope his view hasn’t changed on that.
“We’d rather be working with Mr Findlay on how best to assist West Lothian in realising the extent of its potential as a world class hub for investment, which was the focus of Gordon’s speech. And as one of the biggest employers in Mr Findlay’s constituency we’ll gladly engage with him on this and other issues our employees and partners face across the Lothians.”