Mencap supporting petition against Cllr suggesting disabled children are a burden

(8 Posts)
kernowal Fri 17-May-13 07:43:12

A councillor in Cornwall was forced to resign a couple of months ago after making comments suggesting that children with disabilities should be put down at birth. Unfortunately he stood for re-election in May and won his seat by 4 votes. He has since made similar offensive comments, comparing the cost of public toilets in Cornwall to those of caring for a disabled child. My adorable, special nephew is one of those in Cornwall that Colin Brewer considers to be a waste of money.

Mencap are helping to publicise this case and the police are currently investigating the most recent comments made (which can be seen on the Disability News Service website). I would be grateful if anyone here would support Mencap's petition given below.

Mencaps statement:

Disgraced councillor Collin Brewer has caused further outrage by comparing children with a learning disability to deformed lambs who "would be put down, smashed against the wall and dealt with".

Mencap has tried to contact Mr Brewer without success. We feel that his comments are appalling and unacceptable and that consequently, he should stand down.

Children with disabilities are #notaburden.

https://submission.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46463

flatpackhamster Fri 17-May-13 08:23:26

Clearly the voters didn't think that, did they? If they did think that he had no right to air his views they'd have voted for someone else. So you think that we should over-ride the democratic process because someone said something someone else finds offensive.

cornypedicure Sat 18-May-13 10:02:57

so flatpackhamster you feel that he 'said something someone else finds offensive.'

so suggesting that disabled children are murdered at birth by smashing them against a wall or giving them a lethal injection, is just something he said that someone else finds offensive?

Dawndonna Sat 18-May-13 11:56:25

Clearly the voters didn't think that, did they? If they did think that he had no right to air his views they'd have voted for someone else. So you think that we should over-ride the democratic process because someone said something someone else finds offensive.
Yes. As I said on the other thread, if the views were racist, he would lose office and be arrested. Same should apply to abusing people with disabilities.

cornypedicure Sat 18-May-13 12:00:05

absolutely dawndonna

Sunnywithshowers Sat 18-May-13 12:31:47

My cousin has learning disabilities. Should he have been killed at birth? ffs.

crescentmoon Sat 18-May-13 18:53:47

I would totally support the petition but your link not working OP.

2old2beamum Sat 18-May-13 23:32:59

crescentmoon try link on Special Needs it worked for me and I am daft!!

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