In October 2011, Colin
Brewer, an independent councillor in Cornwall,
told a disability services worker at an equalities event at County Hall that he
thought disabled children ‘should be put down.’ The man has apologised but,
‘I don't think I have done
Personally I don’t think
people with such views should themselves be put down, but I’m willing to
discuss the question in a civilised manner if you like.
When the dust has settled, policy
makers need to look at the dates here. It’s now February 2013, so it has taken
our society 16 months to bring this
man just this close to the necessary public retribution.
Beyond the individual disgrace,
there is a wider public disgrace: why do we have public institutions that do
not treat such issues with sufficient seriousness to disinfect themselves with
a more rigorous urgency? Do equalities somehow not matter?