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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

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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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Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Posted: February 28, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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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