'Put disabled children down' councillor is re-elected

Falmouth Packet: 'Put disabled children down' councillor is re-elected 'Put disabled children down' councillor is re-elected

A councillor who stood down after saying disabled children should be "put down" as they cost Cornwall too much has won back his seat on the authority.

Collin Brewer, 68, who stood in the Wadebridge East ward as an independent won his old seat back by just four votes.

He said: "The people in Wadebridge wanted me to stand and I'm proud to stand for them."

Disability Cornwall said that Cornwall Council hosted an event in October 2011 at County Hall for their councillors to meet equalities based organisations and learn about some of the issues faced by their members at a local level and services available to support people.

A spokesman said: "Upon approaching the Disability Cornwall stand, their staff informed the councillor about the Parent Partnership Service, a statutory contract delivered by Disability Cornwall which supports parent carers of children with special educational needs.

"Councillor Colin Brewer for Wadebridge East 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”.

She added: “As far as I was concerned I had a duty to make a formal complaint against Councillor Brewer to seek appropriate justice.”

Councillor Brewer offered his whole hearted apology, adding he meant no offence for his "ill judged and insensitive" remarks that "should not have been made at all".

He quit after a national outcry over the comments made to Disability Cornwall staff in 2011.

Mr Brewer was found to be in breach of several counts of misconduct while in public office and the Independent Standards Committee ordered him to make a formal written apology to the charity.



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4:30pm Fri 3 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Vile.
Vile. ronedgcumbe
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5:42pm Fri 3 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I was affected by Mr Brewers past comment for personal family reasons, however, I see little is to be gained by bearing grudges, I additionally am forgiving by nature. We live in a democracy and Mr Brewer has been voted in during a democratic process, I believe that it is not right just to pick and choose the bits of democracy that suit us personally. Additionally If no one was ever forgiven for their mistakes I feel we would live in a very sad community.
I was affected by Mr Brewers past comment for personal family reasons, however, I see little is to be gained by bearing grudges, I additionally am forgiving by nature. We live in a democracy and Mr Brewer has been voted in during a democratic process, I believe that it is not right just to pick and choose the bits of democracy that suit us personally. Additionally If no one was ever forgiven for their mistakes I feel we would live in a very sad community. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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6:00pm Fri 3 May 13

Lanty Slee says...

In July 1932 37.4% of Germans voted for the NSDAP.

Within a decade one of the largest industrial-scale genocides in human history was well underway.

Just because something is voted for through the democractic process doesn't make it right.

But the people of Wadebridge will get what they deserve, I'm sure.
In July 1932 37.4% of Germans voted for the NSDAP. Within a decade one of the largest industrial-scale genocides in human history was well underway. Just because something is voted for through the democractic process doesn't make it right. But the people of Wadebridge will get what they deserve, I'm sure. Lanty Slee
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6:10pm Fri 3 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Well even if I am wrong on my democracy theory, I still stand by my thoughts on forgiveness.
Well even if I am wrong on my democracy theory, I still stand by my thoughts on forgiveness. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:22pm Fri 3 May 13

CornishCim says...

We have seen lots of incidents over recent years where people are very sorry once everyone has found out that they are either corrupt or have very distasteful thoughts of others. Why are they allowed to carry on in positions of responsibility! People that have voted for them should be ashamed.
We have seen lots of incidents over recent years where people are very sorry once everyone has found out that they are either corrupt or have very distasteful thoughts of others. Why are they allowed to carry on in positions of responsibility! People that have voted for them should be ashamed. CornishCim
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7:14am Sat 4 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Lanty Slee wrote:
In July 1932 37.4% of Germans voted for the NSDAP.

Within a decade one of the largest industrial-scale genocides in human history was well underway.

Just because something is voted for through the democractic process doesn't make it right.

But the people of Wadebridge will get what they deserve, I'm sure.
I certainly agree with forgiveness but there are a few things that remain unforgivable and this is one.
Councillors should refuse to sit in the same chamber as this man. As someone who lives and cares for the disabled and sees the ignorance and discrimintion on a daily basis I believe the people of Wadbridge have done themselves a big misservice.
[quote][p][bold]Lanty Slee[/bold] wrote: In July 1932 37.4% of Germans voted for the NSDAP. Within a decade one of the largest industrial-scale genocides in human history was well underway. Just because something is voted for through the democractic process doesn't make it right. But the people of Wadebridge will get what they deserve, I'm sure.[/p][/quote]I certainly agree with forgiveness but there are a few things that remain unforgivable and this is one. Councillors should refuse to sit in the same chamber as this man. As someone who lives and cares for the disabled and sees the ignorance and discrimintion on a daily basis I believe the people of Wadbridge have done themselves a big misservice. ronedgcumbe
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7:40am Sat 4 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

This was not dealt with properly at the time. If remarks were made against others I am sure they would have resulted in prosecution.
This was not dealt with properly at the time. If remarks were made against others I am sure they would have resulted in prosecution. ronedgcumbe
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10:17am Sun 5 May 13

Tyrone Shulace says...

Lanty Slee not so long ago you made a comment on this website that many people openly stated they deemed distaseful and complained about, so did Wave, by saying he/she condoned murder and rape and yet neither apologised. Mr Brewer has apologised. How do we know you or Wave are not in any position of authority. Making a distasteful comment is no more acceptable i dont think just because it is made under a user name. No one shows any signs of malice towards you or Wave. As it happens i wouldnt vote for Mr Brewer, but the people of Wadebridge have and that is modern day democracy. David Cameron has made some unsavoury remarks about UKIP which i think he had to apologise for but he is still in power.
Lanty Slee not so long ago you made a comment on this website that many people openly stated they deemed distaseful and complained about, so did Wave, by saying he/she condoned murder and rape and yet neither apologised. Mr Brewer has apologised. How do we know you or Wave are not in any position of authority. Making a distasteful comment is no more acceptable i dont think just because it is made under a user name. No one shows any signs of malice towards you or Wave. As it happens i wouldnt vote for Mr Brewer, but the people of Wadebridge have and that is modern day democracy. David Cameron has made some unsavoury remarks about UKIP which i think he had to apologise for but he is still in power. Tyrone Shulace
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3:55pm Sat 11 May 13

Lanty Slee says...

That's a ridiculous comparison Tyrone.

There's a difference between somebody saying something that offends you, and somebody saying something that is genuinely appalling.

And there's an even bigger difference between an elected official, in a position of power, spouting such vile remarks - to a representative of a disabled charity no less - and an anonymous typist posting on an internet messageboard.

Plus, and I don't say this very often, David Cameron has nothing to apologise for when it comes to any comments he may have made about UKIP.

It's a party made up of morons and racists - and just because they now have council seats due to more morons and racists bothering to turn out to vote than the level-headed, respectable majority - doesn't mean a **** thing.

To quote Edmund Burke - "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

No one should ever apologise for showing up UKIP as exactly what they are.
That's a ridiculous comparison Tyrone. There's a difference between somebody saying something that offends you, and somebody saying something that is genuinely appalling. And there's an even bigger difference between an elected official, in a position of power, spouting such vile remarks - to a representative of a disabled charity no less - and an anonymous typist posting on an internet messageboard. Plus, and I don't say this very often, David Cameron has nothing to apologise for when it comes to any comments he may have made about UKIP. It's a party made up of morons and racists - and just because they now have council seats due to more morons and racists bothering to turn out to vote than the level-headed, respectable majority - doesn't mean a **** thing. To quote Edmund Burke - "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." No one should ever apologise for showing up UKIP as exactly what they are. Lanty Slee
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4:39pm Sat 11 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I agree with the most part of what you say Lanty Slee, but I still think it was an appalling remark for the commenter wave to say that he/she condoned murder and rape and said it was a good thing thing to do on a cold day, I don't think it makes it any more acceptable that it was placed as an 'anonymous' comment on a public website than if an official had said it. The meaning was still there and I personally thought that was an appalling remark, with no apology for offence caused. At least Mr Brewer has admitted he was wrong and apologized
I agree with the most part of what you say Lanty Slee, but I still think it was an appalling remark for the commenter wave to say that he/she condoned murder and rape and said it was a good thing thing to do on a cold day, I don't think it makes it any more acceptable that it was placed as an 'anonymous' comment on a public website than if an official had said it. The meaning was still there and I personally thought that was an appalling remark, with no apology for offence caused. At least Mr Brewer has admitted he was wrong and apologized Gillian Zella Martin 09
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5:45pm Sat 11 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally, I didn't see the problem with the comment you had made Lanty Slee that Tyrone is complaining about simply because it was on a news article not on a personal tributes page and you had placed the comment before anyone knew the outcome.
Incidentally, I didn't see the problem with the comment you had made Lanty Slee that Tyrone is complaining about simply because it was on a news article not on a personal tributes page and you had placed the comment before anyone knew the outcome. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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