'Put disabled children down' councillor to stand for re-election

The councillor who sparked a media storm after saying that disabled children should be 'put down', has decided to try again for his old seat at the May council elections.

Collin Brewer, 68, quit after saying disabled children cost to much, and despite being pilloried in the national and local media, he is standing for re-election as an independent candidate for Wadebridge East ward.

Mr Brewer has claimed that his decision to stand again was a "response from people".

At the time, Mr Brewer, when asked why he made the comment, said: "I was hot under the collar. I don't know why I said it."

He was kicked out of the independent group at County Hall over his comments, and despite initially refusing to stand down, after a chorus of people called for him to resign he eventually quit

The director of children's services at Cornwall Council branded the comments by Mr Brewer, "cruel and ignorant".

Cornwall’s director of Children’s Services, 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 dissociate ourselves with these completely unacceptable views."

 

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12:48pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I believe Mr Brewer has a right to stand for election again as it will ultimately be down to the electorate to decide what they want, if he is re elected then that will just show that his local constituents believe as a councillor he previously proved his worth. If he is not re elected then that will be a democratic decision.

I personally see little to be gained by bearing grudges with someone who seemingly regrets their actions, otherwise presumably society would be in effect for example, be writing off a percentage of those people that have served prison sentences for crimes.
I believe Mr Brewer has a right to stand for election again as it will ultimately be down to the electorate to decide what they want, if he is re elected then that will just show that his local constituents believe as a councillor he previously proved his worth. If he is not re elected then that will be a democratic decision. I personally see little to be gained by bearing grudges with someone who seemingly regrets their actions, otherwise presumably society would be in effect for example, be writing off a percentage of those people that have served prison sentences for crimes. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:33am Sun 7 Apr 13

molesworth says...

I'm sorry, but I think this is shameless and all to do with conscience not whether anyone has a right to stand for election. If it were me I'd be so shameful I'd go 'underground' and spend the rest of my life helping the disabled to attempt to make amends.
But I'm not a politician and I wouldn't have said such an awful, awful thing in the first place.
I can't actually think of a worse thing that anybody could say!
I'm sorry, but I think this is shameless and all to do with conscience not whether anyone has a right to stand for election. If it were me I'd be so shameful I'd go 'underground' and spend the rest of my life helping the disabled to attempt to make amends. But I'm not a politician and I wouldn't have said such an awful, awful thing in the first place. I can't actually think of a worse thing that anybody could say! molesworth
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3:57pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I agree with you molesworth it was a terrible thing for someone to say and I am not condoning what he said, I have a severely disabled cousin who cannot walk and is nearly blind and has a speech impediment amongst other health problems, and if it was me personally that had made that remark and was a councillor I wouldn't consider standing again for election.

The compassionate side of my nature however is not prone to bearing grudges. I just think that the electorate will display how they feel in their vote, if in society we never forgave anyone for their mistakes that they regret, where would that leave the prison population.
(Incidentally for the record, I have never been in prison or know anyone that has.) I cannot help the forgiving side of my nature.
I agree with you molesworth it was a terrible thing for someone to say and I am not condoning what he said, I have a severely disabled cousin who cannot walk and is nearly blind and has a speech impediment amongst other health problems, and if it was me personally that had made that remark and was a councillor I wouldn't consider standing again for election. The compassionate side of my nature however is not prone to bearing grudges. I just think that the electorate will display how they feel in their vote, if in society we never forgave anyone for their mistakes that they regret, where would that leave the prison population. (Incidentally for the record, I have never been in prison or know anyone that has.) I cannot help the forgiving side of my nature. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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