In June the Leicester council standards board wrote thusly:
June Standards Board article…
“Leicestershire councillor Graham Partner’s leaflet was breach of conduct code .Thursday, June 28, 2012 Leicester Mercury
A Leicestershire councillor undermined good race relations by producing a leaflet which criticised Muslims, a watchdog has found.
Councillor Graham Partner – who quit the BNP to sit as an independent – has been censured “in the strongest possible terms” for sending out the New Year message to more than 5,000 voters in his Coalville division.
The leaflet, which featured part of an article from a national newspaper, said victimhood “comes easily” to followers of Islam.
The leaflet said: “Every terrorist atrocity, every blood-soaked massacre is justified by reference to imagined grievances. But the greatest persecutors of other faiths are Muslim, themselves.”
The leaflet also made derogatory references to a Nigerian convicted of rape, Palestinians, the Third World and Pakistan.
It criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for being “woolly in thought and appearance”.
The leaflet prompted complaints from two fellow county councillors and two parish councillors.
Yesterday, a county council standards sub-committee strongly censured Coun Partner and ruled he should undertake equality training.
Coun Partner, who did not attend the hearing, saying he had to work, was found to have breached the code of conduct on two counts by showing disrespect to others and bringing the authority into disrepute.
The hearing was held after an investigation carried out by the Race Equality Centre in Leicester.
In her report, centre chief executive Iris Lightfoote said: “Councillor Partner’s leaflet can be viewed as a breach of the equality legislation on two grounds.
“Firstly, by causing harassment to people of Nigerian origin, Third World origin, Palestinian origin, Pakistani origin, any non-Christian beliefs as well as those of a liberal Christian belief.
“Secondly, the leaflet can be seen as failing to foster good race relations and religious relations.”
In his statement, Coun Partner, who had signed a declaration to abide by the code of conduct, said: “The claim that the leaflet caused distress to any minorities has not been demonstrated, but it was seen as an opportunity to feign offence on their behalf by political rivals who are incapable of defeating a single independent councillor by fair and proper means.”
Standards sub-committee chairman Martin Caple said: “We feel Coun Partner has undermined good race relations.
“We are mindful that the production of the leaflet has the potential to be disrespectful to a large section of the community.
“We would expect Coun Partner to show greater respect to the values and beliefs of others.
“We would expect Coun Partner to be mindful of the need to be sensitive to the whole community, particularly those he represents.
“We have decided Coun Partner is censured in the strongest possible terms as this is a serious matter.”
The committee decided he should receive equality training to be organised by monitoring officer David Morgan.
(Let’s try to “brainwash/threaten” people away from having independent views = Equality Training. Ed.)
After the hearing, Suleman Nagdi, spokesman for the Leicestershire Federation of Muslim Organisations, said: “I welcome the ruling. As a holder of public office, one must uphold the highest standards of conduct which are geared towards uniting communities and not dividing them.
“I hope we can put this behind us and it is not repeated.”
County council chairman Peter Lewis was one of the people who complained after seeing the leaflet.
After the hearing, he said: “It is of the greatest importance that we maintain the highest standards of public conduct, whatever our political affiliations.
“These must be secondary to the way we see the people we serve.
“I see my task as chairman of the county council to ensure every councillor respects the public and, in turn, deserves their respect.””
Political correctness gone mad clearly, it’s getting to the stage now where people can hardly say anything for fear of offending some “minority group” or other, it has become ridiculous and this modus operandi of an increasingly totalitarian establishment is both unworkable and indeed counter-productive.
On with the story:
However, since the standards hearing on June 27, Coun Partner, who represents Coalville as an independent, has declined to do the training.
(Well done Cllr. Partner. Ed.)
Coun Partner, who was elected as a British National Party candidate before quitting the party, was censured for a new year message he circulated to more than 5,000 voters in Coalville.
It featured part of an article from a national newspaper and said victimhood “comes easily” to the followers of Islam.
It also made derogatory references to a Nigerian convicted of rape, Palestinians, the Third World and Pakistan and prompted complaints from two county council colleagues and two parish councillors.
At a recent meeting of County Hall’s corporate governance committee, county solicitor David Morgan told councillors the authority had no power to take the matter any further.
The standards regime under which Coun Partner was censured was abolished in the summer.
Political parties are now required to issue sanctions to their members.
Coun Partner is not a member of a party so no action can be taken against him.
(Common sense in my honest opinion, although I’m sure that the establishment will try to change the above rules in due course. Ed.)
He was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Conservative county council leader Nick Rushton said: “It is a shame but there is nothing more we can do.
“Nobody can discipline him because he’s not in a party.
“If he was one of my councillors, I would take action.
(So then Nick Rushton, you are a totalitarian, who thinks that freedom of speech, thought and opinion, should be stamped upon, when it doesn’t tow the establishment/party “line”? Give me a ring Nick, 07708914411 and we can discuss matters further, with regards to your politically correct, totalitarianist views. I’ll wager that you won’t be willing to be interviewed by the Griffinwatch Team On record. In fact, I’ll drop you a polite email Mr. Rushton. You can access your official gov. emails whilst in Florida can‘t you Mr. Rushton?
Sean Hadley. )
“There is a weakness in the new system around independent councillors and we have a number of them.
He said: “There’s not much chance of it changing as they have only just abolished the old system.”
Coun David Snartt, chairman of the corporate governance committee, said: “We were very upset that he (Coun Partner) could not find his way to do the training and there was nothing anyone could do to make it happen.
“We will record what has happened and at some point in the future raise this with the relevant body.”
Fellow committee member Labour councillor Jewel Miah said: “This has shown the sanction to be meaningless and the system to be toothless.
“I am sure there will be cases up and down the land where this situation is repeated.”
All in all, a great victory for freedom of thought, opinion and its dissemination via leaflets, well done to Cllr. Partner for not backing down an inch, against an increasingly controlling and indeed worried, establishment.
Report compiled by the GriffinWatch Team.