A councillor in Cornwall has refused to resign after saying that disabled children should be “put down”. At an official event designed to network council members with equalities organisations, Colin Brewer approached a stall operated by a disabled charity and told them:
“Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.”
Details of the incident, which occurred in 2011, have only now come to light after a standards committee forced him to send a written letter of apology to the organisation running the stand, Disability Cornwall.
The independent councillor’s excuse?
“I had come to their stall after a long council meeting and I was probably a little bit het up as we had had some difficult debates.”
This scumbag is currently taking home nearly £14,000 in allowances courtesy of the taxpayer (not including expenses).
Tory councillors in Cornwall plan to “streamline” local government decision making so that public assets worth up to £1,000,000 can be sold off without a vote. Proposals tabled for approval at a meeting next Tuesday recommend that democratic oversight be disposed of in order to hasten the council’s “significant disposals programme”, known to the rest of us as “flogging the family silver”:
“It is important that the decision making process is streamlined so as to avoid unnecessarily taking up Cabinet time with reports requesting permission to dispose of surplus assets.”
Recommendations describe pesky “reports requesting permission to dispose of surplus assets” as major stumbling blocks in the process. As local councillor Andrew Wallis notes, this recommendation is bundled up with a proposal to raise the financial ceiling for decisions taken by council officers to “£1,000,000 for capital and £500,000 per annum for revenue”, effectively handing more power to unelected council technocrats.
By passing decisions to staff, elected members will also be able to duck responsibility for unpopular decisions.
The stripping of public assets is certainly a whole lot easier without all that “democracy” malarkey.