'Disabled children cost too much and should be put down': Calls for councillor to stand down after outrageous rantCllr Collin Brewer refuses to quit and has apologised to Disability CornwallTold BBC radio that the timing wasn't good because of upcoming elections
Charity says his apology was an insult and he should quit his postDefended himself by saying he was 'hot under the collar' after a meetingMr Brewer forced to write apology a year and a half after offensive remark97 per cent of people in local paper poll say Mr Brewer should resignKatie Price tweeted 'How would you like to dispose of my son Harvey'Cornwall Council distanced itself from Mr Brewer's 'ignorant' comment
Daily Mail Reporter
09:42 GMT, 27 February 2013
01:54 GMT, 28 February 2013
Councillor Collin Brewer's remarks were described as 'depraved' but he is refusing to quit
A councillor who told charity workers that disabled children should be put down is defying calls for him to quit.
Collin Brewer, 68, declared that such youngsters were a drain on society.
Though he has apologised and now admits his comments were ‘ill-judged and insensitive’, Mr Brewer refused to stand down last night.
He had just emerged from a council meeting when he walked up to a stall set up in county hall run by the Disability Cornwall charity.
Charity member Theresa Court explained to him how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs.
But he responded by saying: ‘Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.’
Mrs Court said the ‘depraved’ comment left her feeling horrified and the charity complained to the council’s standards committee.
Mr Brewer said he made his comments because he was ‘hot under the collar’ following a long meeting and was trying to ‘provoke a reaction’.
The standards committee told Mr Brewer, an independent councillor for 25 years, to apologise and he has written to the charity.
He said at his home yesterday: ‘We had had a difficult morning deciding on budget and job cuts. I listened to one of the ladies on the Disability Cornwall stall and came out with the comment. If only I had not said that.
‘I didn’t mean it. I did it to provoke a response and debate the issue of service costs provision. It backfired. I was treating her with a lack of respect and I shouldn’t have done it. I meant no offence. I would defend disabled children to the last.
‘We all make mistakes. It is not something I would consider resigning over. I believe I am doing a good job.'
Mr Brewer's apology letter in which he acknowledges his comments were 'ill-judged and insensitive'
Theresa Court, who Mr Brewer made the comment to, said she was unhappy with the apology which 'might as well have been screwed up' and came in an envelope with a second class stamp
Mr Brewer took to the airwaves to
repeat his apology – but listeners bombarded BBC Radio Cornwall with
Sue Benny, who has a disabled son, said: ‘I’m glad I don’t
know who he is because I would deck him.’
Mr Brewer made his comments during an information event at the county hall in Truro.
Mrs Court said: ‘I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment.’
Katie Price (pictured left with her disabled son Harvey, right) condemned Mr Brewer's comments saying 'many disabled [people] contribute more to society than Mr Brewer'
Disability Cornwall described his apology as an insult after it was delivered by second class post
Brewer’s letter of apology said: ‘While I meant no offence by my
remarks to you, I can see that they were ill-judged and insensitive.’
Steve Paget, of Disability Cornwall, said the apology wasn’t enough and
Mr Brewer should go. ‘It is of great concern that anyone with such
beliefs could be an elected member of our local authority,’ he said.
Hawkes, of disability charity Scope, added: ‘Comments such as this have
no place in modern society.’ Dan Scorer of Mencap said the
‘inexcusable’ remarks ‘hark back to dark episodes in history’.