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Friday, 12 November 2010

Whats good for the goose....

Tory Cllr Gareth Thompson, from Birmingham has been arrested over comments he made on Twitter, when he suggested Yasmin Alibhai-Brown should be stoned to death for criticising David Cameron for raising human rights issues when in China. He has since been suspended from the Tory Party pending the outcome of this whole affair.

He was probably making the point, in jest, that Ms Brown should have her human rights violated, but the way he did it was frankly crass and unacceptable. It is right the Tories suspend him and police look into what could a serious matter.

Couple that, however, with the recent actions of Cllr Florence Anderson, Labour member for Hetton Ward in Sunderland who suggested on Facebook K&C resident and former PM Margaret Thatcher should "burn in hell".

It was posted at the time when the Iron Lady was admitted to hospital with flu, and Cllr Anderson was standing by her comments. She said it is a private matter on a private Facebook account. What she says online on Facebook is not from the deputy leader of Sunderland Council. What was even more curious was the press release from a Sunderland press officer that said “There are still strong feelings in many parts of the country about events during Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister and Cllr Anderson has expressed her feelings.”

Strange then she remains as a Labour Party member and deputy leader. The only difference is there is no police involvement in this second issue, but it is nonetheless a terrrible thing to say.

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