Councillor mocks Chuka Umunna with "Is it because I is black?" tweet

“They are my personal tweets. If you don’t like them, no one forced you to read them”, cautions the Twitter bio of Reading councillor Warren Swaine. But the borough cabinet member is surely testing the limits of such disclaimers with the following attack on black MP Chuka Umunna during Question Time on 27 January.

Perhaps Cllr Swaine can explain the relationship between Chuka Umunna’s race and “being a muppet”?

UPDATE: Covering himself in glory, the man now claims those complaining “don’t understand satire”. This may not end well.

4 Comments

  1. NEW –> Local councillor mocks Chuka Umunna, asking "Is it because I is black?" http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  2. RT @psbook: NEW –> Local councillor mocks Chuka Umunna, asking "Is it because I is black?" http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  3. “These are my personal tweets” is a disclaimer meaning they shouldn’t be read as council policy. They can still be read as revealing what an unboxed charmer the councilor is.

  4. RT @psbook: .@waswasere Care to explain this? http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  5. This is really shocking! http://bit.ly/g7fwQS What was @waswasere thinking? I hope he is thoroughly ashamed.

  6. L DTUC says:

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Local councillor mocks Chuka Umunna, asking "Is it because I is black?" http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  7. RT @psbook: .@waswasere Care to explain this? http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  8. RT @psbook: Councillor mocks Chuka Umunna with "Is it because I is black?" tweet http://bit.ly/ela9Bp

  9. Braveheart says:

    “..defense…”? The chap can’t even spell properly…

  10. 'oph says:

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Local councillor mocks Chuka Umunna, asking "Is it because I is black?" http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  11. He can’t spell ‘defence’ either.

  12. RT @psbook: .@waswasere Care to explain this? http://bit.ly/g7fwQS

  13. Cllr Warren Swaine (@waswasere) is now claiming his offensive tweet about Chuka Umunna http://ht.ly/3RYyd was "satire" http://ht.ly/3RYw0

  14. RT @psbook: Cllr Warren Swaine (@waswasere) is now claiming his offensive tweet about Chuka Umunna http://ht.ly/3RYyd was "satire" http: …

  15. Nice to see my local Reading LibDem Councilor making racist remarks towards the lovely Chuka Umunna, what a twat http://tinyurl.com/63l7smh

  16. Concern has been raised over inappropriate racial comments being made by Cllr Warren Swaine http://tinyurl.com/63l7smh (via @psbook) #rdg

  17. Just read abt Cllr Swaine's racial comments against @ChukaUmunna. Swaine is damaging the name of #rdg council http://tinyurl.com/63l7smh

  18. Anon says:

    This is the same councillor who posted the following:

    Walked from the cemetery to Brock Barracks to find the Labour hypocrites there. Gobshites the lot of them. You have blood on your hands. 5:27 PM Nov 14th via TweetDeck

    More I think about dirty tactics being used by Labour the more angry I get. They are the new Nazi party where the end justifies the means. 17 November 2010 19:11:51 via TweetDeck

    @woodo79 use of “Nazi” was Compuserve Soccer forum observation circa ’94. Doesn’t make it any less true. It’s an archetype. 17 November 2010 20:12:03 via TweetDeck in reply to woodo79

    @seanjohalloranI I take your vituperative reaction as admission that you’re an accessory to murder? Have a nice day killer. 18 November 2010 08:52:00 via TweetDeck

    I don’t know if he’s taken these down now but I do know he was reported to the standards board for it (complaint rejected on the grounds it was in a personal capacity…)

  19. Tory Councillor in race row – http://bit.ly/hvlICt – this is why BAME people in politics have such a hard time; shocking really

  20. RT @imranahmed1978: Tory Councillor in race row – http://bit.ly/hvlICt – this is why BAME people in politics have such a hard time

  21. RT @imranahmed1978: Tory Councillor in race row – http://bit.ly/hvlICt – this is the real face of Camerons Tory party, #nocondem

  22. Jan Gavin says:

    What is LibDem leader doing about this? @psbook: Councillor mocks Chuka Umunna with "Is it because I is black?" tweet http://bit.ly/ela9Bp.

  23. [...] the councillor sacked from the ruling executive of Reading City Council after Political Scrapbook highlighted his tweet about black MP Chuka Ummuna, has been officially suspended from the Liberal Democrats. A [...]

  24. RT @JamieMackrell: @psbook what did the original tweet say? >> http://bit.ly/hnPiCU

  25. RT @JamieMackrell: @psbook what did the original tweet say? >> http://bit.ly/hnPiCU

  26. [...] and email messages on the subject. Swaine’s belated apology — some SIX MONTHS after his “is it because I is black” remark — may now do little to placate ethnic minority members.Lambeth councillor Duwayne [...]

  27. [...] the poppies were “categorically not true”.This brazen intolerance brings to mind Cllr Warren Swaine, a Liberal Democrat  who was suspended from Reading Borough Council after Scrapbook exposed a [...]

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