Councillor said disabled children should be 'put down': VOTE IN OUR POLL

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A Cornwall Councillor has been kicked out of the independent group at County Hall over his comment that disabled children "should be put down".

For the latest click here: Children's services chief calls 'put down' disabled children comment 'cruel and ignorant'

While Collin Brewer has apologised over the incident in 2011, he has refused to stand down, saying he considers he is doing a good job.

The comment, made to a volunteer from Disability Cornwall, has led to a chorus of people calling for him to resign his seat.

Theresa Court, advice services manager at Disability Cornwall, said she remembered Mr Brewer asking what the stall was about and after she explained to him about the parent partnership service he said disabled children should be put down.

He said they cost the council too much money.

Mrs Court said the comments made her feel physically sick.

The charity complained to Cornwall Council and the Standards Committee investigated, before telling Mr Brewer to make a formal written apology to the charity.

The letter read: “I am writing to offer my wholehearted 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."

Independent group leader John Wood has said he did not hesitate over the decision to show Mr Brewer the door and that he had the support of the other senior members of the group.

He added that he felt Mr Brewer should stand down as a councillor.

A spokesman for the charity Scope said: “Comments such as this have absolutely no place in modern society and should be consigned to the history books.

“To hear such an ill-judged and insensitive statement from a councillor is deeply disturbing and demonstrates that they are clearly not fit for office.

“Sadly hostility such as this is not uncommon for many disabled people and it is thoughtless comments like this that make it even harder for them to overcome the multiple barriers they face and live their lives just like everyone else.”

 

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11:43am Wed 27 Feb 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I think Councillor Brewer should resign, I believe that is an appalling comment to have made especially by a councillor supposedly representing everyone equally. Councillors have a responsibility to be respectful to members of the public and the comment he made was not only disrespectful but incredibly unkind and hurtful.
I think Councillor Brewer should resign, I believe that is an appalling comment to have made especially by a councillor supposedly representing everyone equally. Councillors have a responsibility to be respectful to members of the public and the comment he made was not only disrespectful but incredibly unkind and hurtful. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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1:03pm Wed 27 Feb 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Should this sort of remark be a possible prosecution. If it was made against a member of an ethnic community it probably would be. Why should it be allowed against a disabled child.
How can you continue in public office after saying somthing so disgusting. I would be ashamed to even show my face.
Should this sort of remark be a possible prosecution. If it was made against a member of an ethnic community it probably would be. Why should it be allowed against a disabled child. How can you continue in public office after saying somthing so disgusting. I would be ashamed to even show my face. ronedgcumbe
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1:19pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Wave says...

Disabled people are protected in law as a group just as race is.
But the issue might be is this classed as discrimination hate to the disabled.
If he could show it meant disabled children should be put down in the sense of abortion while still in pregnancy stage this might be considered un-harmful to the child, in law.
Disabled people are protected in law as a group just as race is. But the issue might be is this classed as discrimination hate to the disabled. If he could show it meant disabled children should be put down in the sense of abortion while still in pregnancy stage this might be considered un-harmful to the child, in law. Wave
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1:22pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I believe you are right Ron, had it been a racial remark, no doubt action would have been taken, surely this is still a discriminatory remark and I believe action should be taken at least in the form of forced resignation. Many people including myself may make comments that we later regret, however, I cannot comprehend anyone making a remark such as that particularly someone in public office, there is just no excuse for it whatsoever.
I believe you are right Ron, had it been a racial remark, no doubt action would have been taken, surely this is still a discriminatory remark and I believe action should be taken at least in the form of forced resignation. Many people including myself may make comments that we later regret, however, I cannot comprehend anyone making a remark such as that particularly someone in public office, there is just no excuse for it whatsoever. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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2:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Sadly this sort of attitude seems to be on the inrease. I have personaly had to report hate crimes to police on a couple of occasions and the figures for this crime are ever increasing.
It is one thing hearing this from the more ignorant members of the public but to get it from an ellected councillor who considers he is doing a good job is contemptable.
Sadly this sort of attitude seems to be on the inrease. I have personaly had to report hate crimes to police on a couple of occasions and the figures for this crime are ever increasing. It is one thing hearing this from the more ignorant members of the public but to get it from an ellected councillor who considers he is doing a good job is contemptable. ronedgcumbe
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2:51pm Wed 27 Feb 13

meerkats says...

Councillor Brewer should resign immediately. His comment was appalling, nasty and unkind and out of decency to all parents of disabled children he should stand down immediately.Reading the article above it seems he was told to issue an apology after the standards committee investigated i doubt very much if it came from the heart. Absolutely disgusted with him !!
Councillor Brewer should resign immediately. His comment was appalling, nasty and unkind and out of decency to all parents of disabled children he should stand down immediately.Reading the article above it seems he was told to issue an apology after the standards committee investigated i doubt very much if it came from the heart. Absolutely disgusted with him !! meerkats
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3:08pm Wed 27 Feb 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Incidently Disability Cornwall are a fantastic organisation and the help they gave us when we most needed it will always be apreciated.
Incidently Disability Cornwall are a fantastic organisation and the help they gave us when we most needed it will always be apreciated. ronedgcumbe
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8:28pm Wed 27 Feb 13

seacom says...

Yes have to say comments like that said even if not meant are not acceptable.Could have been dealt with a lot earlier though if the council acted quicker.
Yes have to say comments like that said even if not meant are not acceptable.Could have been dealt with a lot earlier though if the council acted quicker. seacom
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