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DPAC: So councillor you say disabled children should be put down as they cost too much? News Add comments Feb 272013 Contact Councillor Brewer at cbrewer@cornwall.gov.uk We’ll be asking him for any comments he’d like to provide for our website article from This is Cornwall. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornwall-councillor-refuses-resign-saying/story-18257973-detail/story.html#axzz2M1xFzc8Y plus poll to vote whether you think he should resign. A CORNWALL councillor has apologised but refused to resign after telling a disability charity that all disabled children “should be put down”. Collin Brewer, independent councillor Wadebridge East, made the comments to Disability Cornwall at County Hall when the group had an information stand at an event to allow councillors to meet equalities organisations and understand some of the issues they face. Councillor Colin Brewer At the event, which took place in October 2011, Mr Brewer approached the stand and was told how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs. He responded by saying: “Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.” Disability Cornwall advice services manager Theresa Court said: “I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment, let alone a Cornwall councillor and 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.” An investigation was launched and the independent standards committee ruled that Mr Brewer should write a letter of apology to the organisation. His letter read: “I am writing to offer my whole hearted apology for the offence 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.” Chair of Disability Cornwall Steve Paget, MBE added: “It is of great concern to us that anyone with such beliefs, let alone to vocalise them, could be a representative and elected member of our local authority. For such a serious issue and multiple breach of code of conduct, bringing the council into disrepute, we did expect no less than this councillor’s resignation.” When the West Briton contacted Mr Brewer about whether he would resign he initially claimed that he could not recall the incident. However when prompted he said that he was not aware that there had been calls for his resignation and indicated that he would not stand down. He said: “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. “I could see that they were trying to sell me something so I said something to them which I thought would provoke a reaction. But they turned their backs on me and I walked away – I thought that was the end of the matter until the complaint. “I used to be a salesman and I said it to provoke them into a discussion – I expected them to parry it and talk to me. “I didn’t mean any offence and didn’t want to upset anyone.” Should Councillor Collin Brewer resign? Vote in our poll now. 96 % say yes so far Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornwall-councillor-refuses-resign-saying/story-18257973-detail/story.html#ixzz2M7iOp1QN Follow us: @thisiscornwall on Twitter | thisiscornwall on Facebook – See more at: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2013/02/so-councillor-you-say-disabled-children-should-be-put-down-as-they-cost-too-much/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+uk%2FBHMU+%28DPAC%29#sthash.BYRqyZff.dpuf

Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

So councillor you say disabled children should be put down as they cost too much

Contact Councillor Brewer at cbrewer@cornwall.gov.uk

We’ll be asking him for any comments he’d like to provide for our website
article from This is Cornwall. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornwall-councillor-refuses-resign-saying/story-18257973-detail/story.html#axzz2M1xFzc8Y plus poll to vote whether you think he should resign.

A CORNWALL councillor has apologised but refused to resign after telling a disability charity that all disabled children “should be put down”.

Collin Brewer, independent councillor Wadebridge East, made the comments to Disability Cornwall at County Hall when the group had an information stand at an event to allow councillors to meet equalities organisations and understand some of the issues they face.

Councillor Colin Brewer

At the event, which took place in October 2011, Mr Brewer approached the stand and was told how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs.

He responded by saying: “Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.”

Disability Cornwall advice services manager Theresa Court said: “I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment, let alone a Cornwall councillor and 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.”

An investigation was launched and the independent standards committee ruled that Mr Brewer should write a letter of apology to the organisation.

His letter read: “I am writing to offer my whole hearted apology for the offence 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.”

Chair of Disability Cornwall Steve Paget, MBE added: “It is of great concern to us that anyone with such beliefs, let alone to vocalise them, could be a representative and elected member of our local authority. For such a serious issue and multiple breach of code of conduct, bringing the council into disrepute, we did expect no less than this councillor’s resignation.”

When the West Briton contacted Mr Brewer about whether he would resign he initially claimed that he could not recall the incident.

However when prompted he said that he was not aware that there had been calls for his resignation and indicated that he would not stand down.

He said: “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.

“I could see that they were trying to sell me something so I said something to them which I thought would provoke a reaction. But they turned their backs on me and I walked away – I thought that was the end of the matter until the complaint.

“I used to be a salesman and I said it to provoke them into a discussion – I expected them to parry it and talk to me.

“I didn’t mean any offence and didn’t want to upset anyone.”

Should Councillor Collin Brewer resign? Vote in our poll now.

96 % say yes so far

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornwall-councillor-refuses-resign-saying/story-18257973-detail/story.html#ixzz2M7iOp1QN
Follow us: @thisiscornwall on Twitter | thisiscornwall on Facebook

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Feb 272013

Contact Councillor Brewer at cbrewer@cornwall.gov.uk

We’ll be asking him for any comments he’d like to provide for our website
article from This is Cornwall. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornwall-councillor-refuses-resign-saying/story-18257973-detail/story.html#axzz2M1xFzc8Y plus poll to vote whether you think he should resign.

A CORNWALL councillor has apologised but refused to resign after telling a disability charity that all disabled children “should be put down”.

Collin Brewer, independent councillor Wadebridge East, made the comments to Disability Cornwall at County Hall when the group had an information stand at an event to allow councillors to meet equalities organisations and understand some of the issues they face.

Councillor Colin Brewer

At the event, which took place in October 2011, Mr Brewer approached the stand and was told how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs.

He responded by saying: “Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.”

Disability Cornwall advice services manager Theresa Court said: “I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment, let alone a Cornwall councillor and 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.”

An investigation was launched and the independent standards committee ruled that Mr Brewer should write a letter of apology to the organisation.

His letter read: “I am writing to offer my whole hearted apology for the offence 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.”

Chair of Disability Cornwall Steve Paget, MBE added: “It is of great concern to us that anyone with such beliefs, let alone to vocalise them, could be a representative and elected member of our local authority. For such a serious issue and multiple breach of code of conduct, bringing the council into disrepute, we did expect no less than this councillor’s resignation.”

When the West Briton contacted Mr Brewer about whether he would resign he initially claimed that he could not recall the incident.

However when prompted he said that he was not aware that there had been calls for his resignation and indicated that he would not stand down.

He said: “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.

“I could see that they were trying to sell me something so I said something to them which I thought would provoke a reaction. But they turned their backs on me and I walked away – I thought that was the end of the matter until the complaint.

“I used to be a salesman and I said it to provoke them into a discussion – I expected them to parry it and talk to me.

“I didn’t mean any offence and didn’t want to upset anyone.”

Should Councillor Collin Brewer resign? Vote in our poll now.

96 % say yes so far

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cornwall-councillor-refuses-resign-saying/story-18257973-detail/story.html#ixzz2M7iOp1QN
Follow us: @thisiscornwall on Twitter | thisiscornwall on Facebook

– See more at: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2013/02/so-councillor-you-say-disabled-children-should-be-put-down-as-they-cost-too-much/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+uk%2FBHMU+%28DPAC%29#sthash.BYRqyZff.dpuf

Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Pride's Purge

(satire)

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has pledged the party will clamp down hard on sexual harassment of the party’s peers and senior officials after it was revealed women find them so irresistible they just can’t keep their hands off them.

The statement came after Mr Clegg admitted he was aware that the Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Rennard, had had to stand down as Chief Executive of the party in 2009 for being too sexy.

Lord Rennard looking sexy

A Lib Dem peer trying hard not to look hot

In an interview with LBC Radio, Mr Clegg said:

It has become abundantly clear now that not nearly enough has been done in the party to ensure we the leadership are not so arousing to women that they won’t be able to stop themselves being all over us.

I fully understand the seriousness of this situation and that is why I have decided to clamp down…

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Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Pride's Purge

(It’s not satire – is it?)

In a bitter and closely fought by-election, voters in Eastleigh were expected today to deliver a bitter blow to the coalition government by electing a coalition government candidate from the ruling coalition government instead of a candidate from the ruling coalition government.

In a critical by-election for the coalition partners, coalition government candidates Maria Hutchings and Mike Thornton were expected to beat one of the coalition candidates Maria Hutchings and Mike Thornton into second place after polls showed it was unlikely two coalition government candidates could both win the election.

A coalition government spokesperson expressed disappointment at the expected result but denied a loss for one of the two candidates would create a rift between the two parties:

It’s a real pity they can’t both represent the constituency at the same time but as there’s only one seat available in the House of Commons, it would…

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Vox Political

paralympians

Even when David Cameron is saying something positive, we need to look for the hidden meaning, it seems.

This week, in Comedy Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron fielded a query from Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland about last year’s Paralympic Games. Mr Mulholland said: “We were all hugely inspired by the wonderful Paralympic Games in London last year – not only a triumph for sport but also a triumph for perceptions of disability.

“Will the Prime Minister welcome the ‘Generation Inspired’ report which is going to be presented to Downing Street today, as a great opportunity to use the legacy of this to improve the lives of young disabled people?”

On the face of it, this might seem very bright and noble – reminding us all of our paralympians’ achievements and making a commitment to keep trying to help them, so that their aspirations will not outstrip the support they receive.

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Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

homelessThe title says it all does it not because that is were we are heading as a nation and this and similar images I will put here is a snap shot of what lies ahead all because of a few millionaire in parliament who cannot see the wood from the tress.

There was a debate in the commons today about bedroom tax only many Conservative and Liberal Democrats will be none the wiser because they were not there, you quite rightly would have thought on a subject so important to many they would have been doing the job they was elected to do by us and be their filling the commons to the brim but no it will not effect them so they believe they can be excused and that is an all to similar senorio that happens time and time again.

111021_rich_poor_gap_reut_328We already have two many citizens destitute and homeless often and if not…

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Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Vox Political

Neither Caerphilly MP Wayne David nor the rest of the Labour Party should take seriously David Cameron’s posturing over social housing, as demonstrated in Prime Minister’s Questions today.

Mr David raised the serious question of a disabled couple who have been living in the same house for 26 years, and who will have to pay the government’s ‘bedroom tax’ on the property, starting in April. He asked: “What justification can there be for this?”

Mr Cameron’s initial response was predictable: “This is not a tax; a tax is when someone earns money, it is their money, and the government takes some of it away.”

He’s wrong. A tax is a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government against a citizen’s person, property or activity, to support government policies. So the ‘state underoccupation subsidy’ – a phrase only coined within the last few months and a measure that will…

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Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

The SKWAWKBOX

Following a discussion on Twitter earlier today with Midlands journalist Shaun Lintern and various others today, it was agreed (because of the limitations of the 140-character format) that Shaun would post his comments on my blog and I’d respond.

He’s done so this evening, but rather than answer within the limitations of a response to a comment, I think it’s better to do so as a separate post, so I can place my answers alongside his points for clarity.

Shaun’s points will be inset as quotes:

I usually like this blog and have worked with Stephen in the past however I feel it is incumbent upon me to correct what is essentially a misleading article that could be used by those wishing to deny the appalling care at Mid Staffs for their own ends.

Thank you for the initial kind comment, but as you’d imagine I disagree with many of…

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