Steptoe quits

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Spivs Comment

I apologise for the weak comment in advance. In my defence I have been up since 5Pm yesterday,

Since then, I haven’t stopped and have in fact been working solidly from 9 PM on the NSPCC report.

Safe to say, I’m fucked and off to sleep as soon as I post this.

So, I see Councillor Steptoe has  bowed to pressure and resigned. Good riddance to bad fucking rubbish. Next on the list, David Cameron.

Meanwhile, Oxford Lib Dem Lord Mayor Alan Armitage has been censured for making inappropriate remarks to a member of a under-13s sports team at an awards evening. Are these fucking dirty nonces for real? 

I would wager that if asked, at least 50% of the British public wouldn’t know what ‘Censured’ means. 

For those who don’t, it means he was strongly criticised. 

The article doesn’t say how old Armitage is but looking at his photo he has to be in his 60’s. Therefore, we have a 6o odd year old Lord Mayor who makes a sexually explicit remark to a girl under the age of 13, and the cunt gets criticised for it, before carrying on as if nothing had happened. 

Give me fucking strength.

G’night.

 

Councillor who said ‘disabled children cost too much and should be put down’ finally resigns over ‘depraved’ rant

  • Cllr Collin Brewer finally quit after apologising to Disability Cornwall
  • Despite resignation he may still stand for re-election in May
  • Told BBC radio that the timing wasn’t good because of upcoming elections
  • Charity says his apology was an insult and called for him to quit
  • Defended himself by saying he was ‘hot under the collar’ after a meeting
  • Mr Brewer forced to write apology a year and a half after offensive remark
  • 97 per cent of people in local paper poll said Mr Brewer should resign
  • Katie Price tweeted ‘How would you like to dispose of my son Harvey???’
  • Cornwall Council distanced itself from Mr Brewer’s ‘ignorant’ comment

By RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON

 

 

Councillor Collin Brewer's remarks were described as 'depraved' but he initially refused to quitCouncillor Collin Brewer’s remarks were described as ‘depraved’ but he initially refused to quit

A councillor has finally quit his post after causing outrage for his ‘depraved’ remark in which he suggested ‘disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down’.

Collin Brewer, 68, an independent councillor at Cornwall council, had initially remained defiant and refused to stand down.

Despite announcing his resignation, however, he has indicated that he might still consider standing for re-election when voters in Cornwall go to the polls.

Mr Brewer had just emerged from a council meeting when he walked up to a stall set up in county hall run by the Disability Cornwall charity.

He claimed he made the comment to ‘provoke a reaction’ but also said he said it while ‘het up’ and ‘hot under the collar’.

Colin Brewer said: ‘I know people will be delighted that I have resigned.

‘I have tried to explain what I have done over the last 27 years and that this is my first indiscretion, not that there is an excuse for that.’

He said he had received many calls to his home in Wadebridge, North Cornwall, since the furore started.

He said: ‘Most are sympathetic to me, those that I have spoken to. All the councillors that have rung me, at least half a dozen asked me not to resign, to stick in there.

‘They know what I am, they know what I am like, they found it strange that I made this remark. This is against my character, they are supportive of me.’

Disability Cornwall said it had received messages of support from across the world. In a statement the charity said: ‘We believe Councillor Brewer’s decision to step down is the right one.

‘It is a shame that it took a formal investigation and 18 months to force the apology we eventually received.

 

‘While Councillor Brewer’s actions are not reflective of the vast majority of councillors, we hope that Cornwall Council will recognise the need for training and awareness-raising for all councillors, staff and departments.’

He initially remained defiant yesterday saying he did not thinking it was ‘something I would consider resigning over’ adding ‘I believe I am doing a good job.’

He was reported to the council’s monitoring officer and it was only when he was told to apologise that he did so – 18 months after making the remark.

Katie Price tweeted her disgust at Mr Brewer's commentsKatie Price tweeted her disgust at Mr Brewer’s comments
Mr Brewer's apology letter in which he acknowledges his comments were 'ill-judged and insensitive'Mr Brewer’s apology letter in which he acknowledges his comments were ‘ill-judged and insensitive’His apology was sent to Theresa Court, advice services manager at Disability Cornwall, but she described the note he sent as ‘offensive.’Before he resigned she said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. It’s taken a year and a half for him to be told that he has to write an apology. The apology was an insult.‘It came with a second class stamp and it was folded up into eight small bits. He might as well have screwed it up. I can’t believe that the only thing he has had to to is write an apology.He needs to re-think his job.’

Speaking about the incident she said: ‘I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment, let alone a Cornwall councillor at a public event.

‘As far as I was concerned, I had a duty to make a formal complaint against Councillor Brewer to seek appropriate justice.’

Her charity had a stand at an information event in Truro in October 2011. She was on hand to tell councillors about the issues they face and the work they do with parents of children with special needs.

 

Theresa Court, who Mr Brewer made the comment to, said she was unhappy with the apology which 'might as well have been screwed up' and came in an envelope with a second class stampTheresa Court, who Mr Brewer made the comment to, said she was unhappy with the apology which ‘might as well have been screwed up’ and came in an envelope with a second class stampMr Brewer approached the stand, where there were parents of disabled children, and asked what the charity did. According to Ms Court he said that children with special needs cost too much money.Fortunately, she added, none of the parents heard his comments.

 

His comments sparked a negative reaction from fellow councillors, council officials, and thousands of angry readers.

Katie Price, whose son Harvey is severely disabled, also waded in on the row saying ‘Colin [sic] Brewer how would you like to dispose of my son Harvey???’

Her comments were echoed by the readers of the Plymouth Herald, 97 per cent of whom said he should quit. 

Trevor Doughty said: ‘As director of children’s services for Cornwall Council I am shocked and disappointed by the remarks made by Councillor Brewer.

‘The comments were cruel and ignorant and are contrary to the Council’s policy of supporting all people with disabilities.

‘We are very proud of the disability services provided in Cornwall and wish to totally disassociate ourselves with these completely unacceptable views.’

Katie Price today condemned Mr Brewer's comments saying 'many disabled [people] contribute more to society than Mr Brewer'
Katie Price (pictured with her son Harvey) today condemned Mr Brewer's comments saying 'many disabled [people] contribute more to society than Mr Brewer'

Katie Price (pictured left with her disabled son Harvey, right) today condemned Mr Brewer’s comments saying ‘many disabled [people] contribute more to society than Mr Brewer’

Steve Paget, chairman of Disability Cornwall, said: ‘It is of great concern to us that anyone with such believes, let alone to vocalise them, could be a representative and elected member of our local authority.

‘For such a serious issue and multiple breaches of conduct, bringing the council into disrepute, we did expect no less than this councillor’s resignation.’

In a bid to justify what he said, Mr Brewer told the Plymouth Herald: ‘I had come to their stall after a long council meeting and I was probably a little bit het up as we had had some difficult debates.’

In that meeting he heard that some disabled children were being moved out of the county for care which was ‘incurring additional expense’.

In a letter to the charity Mr Brewer said: ‘I am writing to offer my wholehearted apologies for the offences these remarks have clearly caused.

‘While I meant no offence by my remarks to you, I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill-judged and insensitive and should not have been made at all.’

Cornwall Council (pictured) distanced itself from Mr Brewer's 'cruel and ignorant' commentsCornwall Council (pictured) distanced itself from Mr Brewer’s ‘cruel and ignorant’ commentsCouncillor Jan Powell, a Liberal Democrat on Cornwall Council, said: ‘I’m shocked. I can’t believe that a councillor could even contemplate saying something like that even to stimulate debate. For me it is a resignation issue.’Mr Brewer said: ‘We had had a difficult morning deciding on budget and job cuts. I listened to one of the ladies on the Disability Cornwall stall and came out with the comment. If only I had not said that.

‘I didn’t mean it. I did it to provoke a response and debate the issue of service costs provision.

‘It backfired. I was treating her with a lack of respect and I shouldn’t have done it. I meant no offence. I would defend disabled children to the last.

‘I said it to stimulate conversation but it was the wrong type of thing to say. It is not something I believe. I didn’t get the reaction I wanted.

He added: ‘We all make mistakes. I would have apologised there and then but I didn’t get the chance.’

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‘It’s sexy when you bend over like that’: Lord Mayor of Oxford censured for making ‘inappropriate comments’ to girl in under-13s sports team

  • Lib Dem Alan Armitage said to have made comments to a member of under-13s sports team
  • He allegedly told her ‘it’s sexy when you bend down like that’
  • Standards Committee ruled it ‘highly probable’ that he made comment

By SARA MALM

 

Inappropriate: Oxford Lord Mayor Alan Armitage allegedly made the comment to a member of a under-13s sports team at a awards eveningInappropriate: Oxford Lord Mayor Alan Armitage allegedly made the comment to a member of a under-13s sports team at a awards evening

A Lord Mayor who allegedly told a schoolgirl she was ‘sexy’  has escaped with a mere slap on the wrist.

Alan Armitage, Lord Mayor at Oxford City Council, was said to have made the inappropriate comment to the young girl during an official engagement last year.

The girl, who was a member of an under-13s sports team, met Mr Armitage at an awards evening where he told her: ‘It’s sexy when you bend over like that’.

Tonight members of Oxford City Council’s Standards Committee ruled that it was ‘highly probable’ that Mr Armitage did make an inappropriate comment to the young girl.

As a result he was censured for having broken the code of conduct set down by the city council.

However at the hearing, which met in private, it was found that there was no reason why he should not continue as Mayor.

There were differing accounts of what Liberal Democrat Mr Armitage was alleged to have said to the girl during the event in June last year.

They include the above comment but he may also have told her that ‘bending is very sexy’ and ‘oh, that’s a bit sexy’.

The Mayor denied the allegations against him.

 

Following the meeting, the council issued a decision notice which said: ‘As the Lord Mayor attended the awards evening in his official capacity the committee also concluded that the inappropriate remark had brought both the office of Lord Mayor and the city council into disrepute.’

Rap: Oxford City Council's Standards Committee called the alleged comment 'highly inappropriate'Rap: Oxford City Council’s Standards Committee called the alleged comment ‘highly inappropriate’

The statement added that the committee therefore decided that there had been a breach of the councillors’ code of conduct.

The committee agreed that Mr Armitage should be censured for breaching of the code and that the committee’s decision should be reported to other councillors.

Mr Armitage, who had been a city councillor since 2002, has also been censured for breaching part of the code which says councillors must treat others with respect.

Tonight he said he would continue in his duties as Mayor.

‘I regret the whole thing very much,’ he said.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285504/Its-sexy-bend-like-Lord-Mayor-Oxford-censured-making-inappropriate-comments-girl-13s-sports-team.html#ixzz2MIJ07yVj
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