Controversial feminist writer Clementine Ford has broken her silence after it was revealed her father will run for One Nation.
Steven Ford last week confirmed his link with the Melbourne-based author, who is vehemently opposed to the nationalist ideology of Pauline Hanson’s party.
‘Like many people experience with members of their family, I love my father and yet fiercely oppose his politics,’ Ms Ford wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night.
‘Most people have the luxury of being able to deal with these political differences in private, but that isn’t the case here.
Controversial feminist writer Clementine Ford (pictured) has broken her silence after it was revealed her father (Steven Ford pictured right with Pauline Hanson) will run for One Nation
Steven Ford last week confirmed his link with the Melbourne-based author (pictured), who is vehemently opposed to the nationalist ideology of Pauline Hanson’s party
‘That said, I’m not interested in offering anyone a front row sear to judge my relationship with him.’
Ms Ford said she remains ‘vehemently opposed to Pauline Hanson’ and assured her followers she is ‘invested in the destruction of One Nation’.
Steven Ford, who will run in the Queensland state election, confirmed his link with the left-wing firebrand when asked on Facebook if the two were related.
‘Yes, Clementine is my daughter and I am very proud of what she has achieved as a writer,’ he replied.
Steven Ford (pictured) will run as a One Nation candidate in the Queensland state election
Feminist Clementine Ford opposes One Nation but is the daughter of a One Nation candidate
Steven Ford (with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson) said he was proud of what his daughter had achieved
To underline the point, Steven Ford made an announcement on his political Facebook page, next to a picture of him with right-wing One Nation Senate leader Pauline Hanson and the party’s sole MP in the Queensland parliament, Steve Dickson.
‘She is a very intelligent woman and she was not raised to parrot my ideas and politics,’ he said on Wednesday as One Nation’s candidate for Nicklin on the Sunshine Coast.
‘Christmas dinner, which we always celebrate, is full of love and robust conversation.’
Steven Ford removed that Facebook post on Thursday and declined to elaborate when contacted by Daily Mail Australia, except to confirm Clementine is his daughter.
‘Yes, I have said that and that’s fine. I’m not talking about my family. I’m sorry,’ he said.
He had also declined to tell an anti-feminist Facebook group about his daughter’s controversial views on men or her previous Twitter messages condemning One Nation.
Steven Ford told an anti-feminist group on Facebook that he is in fact Clementine Ford’s father
One Nation’s candidate for Nicklin on the Sunshine Coast is proud of his feminist daughter
In February 2011, Clementine Ford chastised then Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce during an appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program.
‘Actually Barnaby, someone who says even hello to a person from One Nation is a pariah,’ she said.
Two years later, she slammed former New South Wales One Nation MP David Oldfield for suggesting then prime minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy Anthony Albanese were ‘worse than’ characters in Hogan’s Heroes.
‘I don’t think someone with connections to One Nation has any business dictating who’s ‘worse’,’ she said.
Despite her dislike of One Nation and her father’s politics, Clementine Ford, who hails from Adelaide, said they remained close, especially since her mother died in 2007.
Steven Ford declined to elaborate when contacted by Daily Mail Australia last week, except to confirm Clementine is his daughter
Clementine Ford has previously tweeted her hatred of One Nation, which her dad belongs to
Steven Ford confirmed to his Facebook followers he is the father of feminist Clementine Ford
‘If you’re lucky enough to have a good relationship with both parents, as I did and do, they keep you anchored and they also allow you to fly,’ she told ABC Radio National in January.
‘So it’s almost like we have had one cut off now and with the loss of the other one next, then you are completely alone.’
Steven Ford is contesting the Sunshine Coast hinterland seat of Nicklin, where independent MP and Speaker Peter Wellington is retiring after 19 years.
The engineer has remarried and moved to the Sunshine Coast with his wife Carole in 2010.
Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is tipped to call an election by the end of 2017.
Polls show the Liberal National Party picking up Nicklin with Labor preferences, as the ALP puts One Nation last on how-to-vote cards under a revived system of compulsory preferential voting.