Stockinger deploys his icebreaker to begin another successful conversation.
A solicitor who blamed "wokeism" for his prosecution by the SRA has been struck off.
Victor Stockinger astounded guests with his conversational gambits at an event for Higher Court Advocates in 2019.
The lawyer, who is originally from New Zealand, warmed up the crowd with a bit of light misogyny, asking several women at the function if their boyfriends and husbands "paid towards their lifestyle", and observing that "the definition of a successful woman is one that can afford to spend anything she likes, the definition of a successful man is one who can afford such a woman".
Settling in, he then asked a Muslim human rights lawyer from Afghanistan where she was from and what languages she spoke. When she answered Dari and Farsi, Stockinger explained that she was wrong and that in fact she spoke Tajik, adding that she was "wasting her time" working in human rights when she could "return to Afghanistan to educate the Taliban on terrorism" instead.
The confident Kiwi also told a company's director of procurement that Africans "were no good at business and never ever will be", divulging that it was "Indians and Europeans who made the Congo civil".
The businesswomen, who was of African heritage, told the hearing, "I was one of the only people of colour at the event. I felt that the conversation would not have been had with anyone else".
"I was aghast. I felt quite scared to do anything about it", she said, describing the 61-year-old sole practitioner's comments as "horrific, racist and misogynist".
Stockinger successfully completed his Jim Davidson-themed bingo by asking another woman if she had any interest in genetics, before guessing wrongly that she must have Irish or Celtic ancestry.
When she responded that she was 93% Jewish according to a genetic test, Stockinger replied, "So you think you're Jewish?" She retorted, "I don't think I'm Jewish, I know I'm Jewish", to which Stockinger replied, "So you're playing the religion or race card".
Stockinger explained to the SDT that his remarks were intended as "icebreakers".
Stockinger had previously fallen out with the organiser of the event, and said the man whipped up the complaints as revenge.
"This person had an axe to grind against me", said Stockinger. "He has concocted a cabal of people who needed to make a complaint. They were all connected with each other. They were out on a mission that night", he said.
But the SDT decided the complainants' testimony was "entirely sincere", while the tribunal chair, Paul Housego, said, "This is not wokeism as Mr Stockinger suggests". He was found guilty of making racially, ethnically, or religiously motivated statements.
More critically in terms of sanctions, the lawyer was also found guilty of dishonesty for telling a fib to the SRA during its investigation.
Stockinger has now been struck off, and was ordered to pay £41,850 in costs. When the verdict was deliverd, said the reporter at the scene, Stockinger "appeared to be on the verge of tears", and gasped, "I'm traumatised".
At least he can take solace in the fact he's not the only person getting heat for dodgy race chat/innocent icebreakers this week.