"Put down" disabled children, says local councilor

Collin Brewer, a local councilor in England, regrets having called for disabled children to be euthanazed: "I meant no offence by my remarks to you. I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill-judged and insensitive." [BBC]


  1. I meant no offence, you defaming pox-ridden voters and commentators, may the lot of you rot in a sea of sewage contaminated filth and implore that a eugenics program relieve you of your everyday suffering.

    Oof sorry I said that, my collar was too tight.  Now, where were we?

  2. Likewise, I would like to apologize for my current suggestion that said local councilor should be castrated with rusty surgical implements and be denied medical care.  I meant no offense, and I can see, in retrospect, that it was ill-judged and insensitive, and, with foresight, that my follow-up suggestion that he be tied naked to an anthill will also be ill-judged and insensitive.

    1. I’ve been advised he’s UKIP; i.e. ‘selfish asshole, but too in love with rules to be a Libertarian’.

      1. You might be confusing him with Geoffrey Clark, the UKIP candidate for Kent County Council whose manifesto floated the idea of compulsory abortion for disabled foetuses.
        Brewer is an independent councillor. Amusingly, he has now been kicked out by the oxymoronic independent group of councillors thereby leaving his status completely unchanged.

          1. They’re breeding.  I suggest that they be put down in utero.

            So what we need is a UKIP-member-sized uterus and some brawny men to shove the lil’ UKIPper in.  Only then will euthanasia be acceptable.

  3. He actually said ‘put down’ so at least he didn’t bother with euphemisms. Growing up as a disabled child in the 1970s, I often heard people say that ‘the Nazis had some things right, like we can’t afford to keep handicapped children’. They never meant me, of course, because I wasn’t ‘really disabled’. One such charmer was a neighbour who dropped round to carry me upstairs to bed when I was in too much pain to walk, so there are nuances here. Sorry to raise the spectre of Godwin here, but this news item took me back to those times, and I just don’t want them repeated.

    Our lovely Tory government has engaged in a savage propaganda campaign labeling disabled people as ‘scroungers’ to prepare the public for a round of benefit cuts. So, rather than the actual fraud rate of 0.5% (one in two hundred), they jigged the figures to suggest it is 70% (by including all those who apply for help and the process rejects). Hate crime statistics have gone up and apocryphally disabled people are being spat at on the streets and sticks being kicked away to prove they are faking.

    These views, such as Cllr Colin Brewers, breed in the context of ‘nudge’ tactics used to justify depriving disabled people of the support they need to have a basic level of dignity. It isn’t just the 70s throwbacks hankering for the simple solutions of the 1930’s, it is also modern political machines playing with perception in order to push their particular economic ideology.

    1.  “One such charmer was a neighbour who dropped round to carry me upstairs to bed when I was in too much pain to walk”

      Wow, I don’t believe I’ve seen a more straightforward example of the the humanity of even supposed villains.  People really are more complex than the labels we apply to them, aren’t they?

      1. A man must not despair of God’s Mercy; for Zardusht says: “I beheld one whose body, with the exception of one foot, was entirely in hell; but that foot was outside. The Lord said: ‘This person, who ruled over thirty-three cities, never performed good deeds; but having one day observed a sheep tied up a distance from her food, he with his foot pushed the grass near her.'” -Moshan Fani, The Dabistdn, “Gate the Fourth,” of The Hundred Gates of Paradise


          1. Any God worth worshiping would populate the Earth with nothing but Bandolier & Budgie Smuggler Sean Connerys.

      2. You could say the same about most people. Whether it be a bigot facing a gay couple, or a racist bumping into a minority while taking out the bins – anyone with a shred of humanity will treat them like a human being – that’s what humanity is – the one’s that attack them (verbally or physically) are psychologically disturbed.

        But then that’s not really the issue I don’t think, it’s probably far easier to deal with people that are an overt detriment to society – it’s the backhanded, “everyone else is thinking it”/subtle forms of ignorance that cause the real issues.

        Take this, for example; we’re able to place this man on a pedestal and throw virtual rotten tomatoes at him. Whereas all the other politicians that also hate the general public carry on regardless.

        1. Yep. No one is consistent. I have sociopaths in my family who are *nice* some times (still not worth it). I grew up in the south where old people some times would say things like “They oughta dig that n****r up and shoot him again” about MLK but then give the black lady down the road a ride to work for a week straight.

          Come to think of it I’ve never *met* a totally consistent person in my whole life, nor have I met some one who never changed during their life. All the more reason to call out bigotry when we find it. Every time. Because at some point some one will probably find a little in themselves.

          1. “I have sociopaths in my family who are *nice* some times”

            I usually take Ash’s advice when dealing with sociopaths.

            “It’s a trick, get an axe”, but I’m sure he has a ton of other quotes useful towards that class of “person”.

      3. Wow, I don’t believe I’ve seen a more straightforward example of the the humanity of even supposed villains.

        Or the villainy of even supposed humans?

    2. I really wish more people, planet-wide, were able to see through the divisive propaganda as cogently as you do.  Negative stereotyping has, unfortunately, worked like a charm in the US to the detriment of nearly every category of the disadvantaged.  Spread the word, fight back, and don’t let colossal shit stains like Colin Brewers succeed with their ‘austerity’ plans.  

      1. It’s sad, usually one with more hope could imagine that knowing a person could humanize any problem, but the existence of racists, homophobes, and other horrid creatures seems unswayed by reality.

    3. The UKIP tends to be self-Godwining. It’s the party for people who think that the BNP has A Lot Of Good Ideas, but don’t want to rub elbows with the chavs.

    4. “They never meant me, of course, because I wasn’t ‘really disabled’. ”

      I’m sure they also had a lot of black friends!

  4.  Wow, a politician actually taking responsibility for what he said and apologizing for that instead of for “offending people” or whatever. 

    I know, the bar’s pretty low when I’m actually impressed by this.  What can I say?  My basis for comparison is the Republican party.

    1. He may not have apologized for offending people, but he did say he meant no offense. Then he turned around and said he was trying to provoke a response …. which is kind of exactly the same thing as meaning to offend. So he’s still full of shit.

      1. “I meant no offence. I would defend disabled children to the last.” Unless it could conceivably cost tax payer money.  In which case he would not so much defend them as attack them. 

      1. I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill-judged and insensitive.

        Giving him credit for this.  Again, I cannot imagine a Republican saying something like this unless it was for a gaffe like: “Well maybe there are some situations in which abortion makes sense” or “I do think there are reasonable steps we can take to make it more difficult for criminals to obtain firearms” or “I believe in business but we do need to take environmental damage into account as well”.

        1. Maybe it’s all relative – but I read his response very much as “I said something you found offensive, so I’m sorry”.

          He meant what he said, he’s just bummed that people are offended by it. I don’t want sleezy politicians apologising for offending people, I want politicians who aren’t offensive.

          1. Right.  My joke is that in Communist Russia Capitalist USA politician apologizes for being inoffensive.

          2.  The usual non-apology apology consists of an apology that others were offended.  “I’m sorry you were offended” – putting the offense onto the others rather than the offender.

    2. Just words and hot air.  I would like to see him contribute 300 hours of his time to assisting people in need.

      Until a politician actually does something, they’re just saying things.  Using up my god-blessed oxygen.

    3. He only apologised because he was forced to. It was a slap on the wrist. Rather than the standards cttee forcing him to resign they asked him to say sorry. Which he did in that ‘Sorry for causing offence’ way that really means ‘It is your fault for being offended, you wusses’. Once again, only when forced to. I’m sure even a Republican politician would find a way of saying sorry if it was that or lose office.

      1. How exactly could anyone force him to resign? He didn’t commit a crime and no-one seriously maintains he believes what he said.

        1. Actually the Standards Committee could have called for him to resign and his position would have been untenable. And I seriously maintain he believes what he said. People do actually believe this, and say it behind closed doors. He was unwise enough to say it to someone who reported it. As it is the Standards Committee asked him to apologise and he can say ‘no-one has asked me to resign’.

          He says he would ‘defend disabled children to the last’ now, when he is in deep trouble. ‘At first’, he casually called for the murder of all disabled children. Except, he used ‘put down’, a phrase used about animals. He doesn’t see people like me as human. 

          Disabled people are murdered and imprisioned for the crime of being them across the world, and us ‘Useless Eaters’ have fared even worse in the past. People mean this and show they mean it in the most practical way possible. 

          Luckily Cllr Brewer is in a minority in the UK, and I hope soon for the honorific that goes with his position in local government goes soon, and Mr Brewer will be seen as the loathsome outsider he is.

          1. From the violence of his statement, he likely doesn’t see many people as human, including the person to which he said it.

    4. That was not an apology.  That was an, “OOPS!  People don’t like how I actually feel about the subject. I must apologize for “offending” them.”

      It’s a non-apology.

    1. What makes you think these things have anything to do with a “financial rough patch”?

      They’d say this in the best of times.

  5. Just in a vain hope that people in the UK aren’t as horrible as our right wing conservatives, is it at all possible that what he said was taken out of context?  Could he possibly be pulling a Jonathan Swift — A Modest Proposal — bit of satirical hyperbole (or, as we say to its dumbed-down version today — trolling)?   
    In all honesty, I’m doubting it’s so, since it would have come up in his “apology” but I’m grasping at straws here.

    1. According to my British GF, there seems to be much greater gov’t support for people with disabilities than in the US.  He’s likely an aberration.  Both countries have their non-representative pinheads who display an inverse relationship in their intelligence and the volume of their statements. 

      1. I will hazard a guess that your GF hasn’t been living in the UK for the past few years?  Things have become VERY bad VERY quickly.  The country should be ashamed of what has happened and the repellent idealogues responsible should be on trial (instead they are still in government and in the media).  Meanwhile, those who are not directly affected are putting their hands over their ears and going ‘la, la, la, can’t hear you!’.  Truly shameful times.

        Not having a go at you (or your partner), but people need to know what’s going on.

        1. She’s been here for a number of years, but travels there regularly and  knows things have gotten worse in the UK.  She has family  with special needs over there, and friends with family members with special needs over here, from her second hand vantage it still seems mildly better in the UK.  Unfortunately, that’s damned by faint praise.

          1. I think the US had a head start in the race to the bottom, but we’re coming up on your shoulder and carrying a lot of speed into the home straight.

            Look on YT for George Osborne at the Paralympics (it’s worth it!).  The paralympics sponsored by ATOS (of whom I will say no more).

          2. US was first with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but we weren’t far behind with the DDA and the Equality Act 2010 has a little more teeth still. General access and attitudes have improved massively in the last 20 years in both countries. 
            That said, the UK has two advantages.First, the marvellous NHS that every disabled person and their families I know loves with a passion. For crises and expensive long-term conditions it more than shows its worth. I would have bankrupted my family in the US, and I continue to benefit from top surgeons for free in adulthood.Second, we have the Social Model of Disability and all the ideological goodies it brings. Which is why we tend not to use the term ‘disabilities’ in the UK for reasons too geeky to go into here. Honestly, it is a theory that takes forever and a load of graphs to explain. Still, it does help culture shift.Reason the Conservatives and their Lib Dem allies had to mount such a propaganda campaign to portray Disabled People in a more negative light.

    2. He explained a little more here and elsewhere. Apparently, he was angry about how much the council was spending on some disabled children, and was saying it to get a Disability Charity to explain their services. I’m afraid it wasn’t because he wanted to defend them, but because he wanted to cut them and use the money to prop up more general services. In this interview with local radio version he sounds broken and annoyed anyone would take his words to mean he had anything against disabled children and never really grasps how bad it was, and so is bewildered at all the fuss. http://audioboo.fm/boos/1236499-laurence-reed-speaks-with-councillor-collin-brewer#t=0m0shttp://audioboo.fm/boos/1236499-laurence-reed-speaks-with-councillor-collin-brewer#t=0m0s

      Also, when a Tory said something similar in a council meeting he got sacked immediately. I’m not exactly happy with the Conservative and Lib Dem demonisation of disabled people, but they don’t tolerate falling this low.

  6. This was meant for [comment removed] a quote from the wiki page on “unintended consequences.”

    “Possible causes of unintended consequences include . . . perverse incentives, human stupidity, self-deception, failure to account for human nature or other cognitive or emotional biases.”

    If you are still out there; you should read this over and over until it makes sense, then tell your friends about it.

    (Edited for cogency)

  7. He ‘represents’ the area that borders where I live. He’s always been considered a classic County and District councillor – in it for their own benefit – comfortably well off, have a look at his declared interests https://democracy.cornwall.gov.uk/mgDeclarationSubmission.aspx?UID=2060&HID=2829&FID=0&HPID=3520888

    He’s actually not a representative of any official party, quite a lot of the councillors down here are ‘independents’ although they group together and currently support the conservatives in a sort of coalition.

    Never trusted him, don’t think he can appreciate normal people when you realise that you drive past at least four of his houses to get to the next town.

    1. That link is a beautiful example of transparent democracy.  I love it.  All sorts of fun things to see about him.

      Although his photo reminds me of nothing so much as an overheated gurning gentleman axe murderer fresh from the act.  No offence.

  8. I thought maybe he took back the comment after someone explained it would apply to him as well.

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