Have They Thought This Through?

Being Greens, the answer is almost certainly ‘Not really’

Coun Duncan, pictured right, has been stripped of his two deputy chairman roles in licensing committees and is set to be formally censured at the next full council meeting on Thursday, October 23.

Coun Duncan was brought before the standards hearing over two tweets he posted in June.

He described British soldiers as ‘hired killers’ after they marched on Armed Forces Day and caused upset over a tweet relating to Islam.

Appalling, and rightly caused an outcry, and some consequences.

However, he isn’t going to take it lying down, and is relying on a surprising defence:

The former Green councillor has indicated he will challenge the decision, saying that the code of conduct should not impinge on his human rights to freedom of expression.

He has ten working days to appeal.

Hmmm, well, if he wins, this is going to be quite interesting, isn’t it?

I mean, I assume it’ll also be a defence for any councillor accused of making ‘racist’ or ‘homophobic’ or ‘unwise’ or ‘anti Muslim’ or ‘distasteful’ Tweets too, right?

Right…?

11 comments for “Have They Thought This Through?

  1. Ed P
    October 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Surely Councillors agree to a code of conduct when elected? (The clue’s in the title, Councillor – you may not behave as an individual when you adopt the role.)

    • ivan
      October 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      A lot depends on exactly how the code of conduct is worded. If it is not explicit then how it is interpreted is where the problems start.

      • October 19, 2014 at 7:27 am

        Good point!

  2. MTG
    October 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Cue the faux outrage for an insensitive yet pretty logical, statement.

    • Junican
      October 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I don’t think so. The phrase ‘hired killer’ has specific connotations. Even the word ‘assassin’ is not quite the same. A ‘hired killer’ would refer essentially to criminal gang situations and such. It does not apply to the armed forces.

      • MTG
        October 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

        “It does not apply to the armed forces.”
        And reasoned argument to the contrary is…?

      • Mudplugger
        October 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        There’s a similar perception problem with the term ‘mercenary’, it carries such negative connotations of killing-enthusiasts selling their murderous services to the highest foreign bidder. Unless, of course, they come from Nepal and sell their services to the British Government……..

  3. October 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Anyone offended by this councillor’s outbursts should feel free to express their outrage the islamic way…..peacefully…..

  4. October 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Every little move is further erosion of free speech. In my book, the only limits should be if directly recruiting for an enemy which the community recognizes as such. Yes, and even that is fraught.

    • October 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Spot on!

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    October 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    FF Have They Thought This Through? FF

    They are politicians, they could not “think their way” through wet paper bag that has been laying in a muddy puddle for six months.

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