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Protest organised against "eugenicist" Collin Brewer in row over anti-disabled comments

By WBMiles  |  Posted: May 14, 2013

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A protest has been organised against "eugenicist" CollinBrewer and his anti-disabled comments.

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A protest will be held in Truro against the “barbaric” comments from a councillor who compared disabled children to deformed lambs killed at birth.

Collin Brewer stood down from his position when earlier comments that disabled children “should be put down” came to light.

But he was re-elected to represent Wadebridge East on May 2 by a margin of four votes. Following his re-election, in an interview with Disability News Service he compared farmers’ treatment of deformed lambs to the way that disabled children are dealt with and said: “If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. They get rid of it. Bang.”

Sarah Maguire stood against Mr Brewer in the recent election and has now organised a protest at County Hall at 10.30am on May 24.

Ms Maguire describes Mr Brewer as a "eugenicist" - somebody who believes in using scientific selective breeding to improve the quality of the human race.

Her Twitter profile states: “Stood as a candidate in the election that put him back in. Read his lamb comments & went back to activism!”

Paul Critchlow said on Twitter: “Barbaric comments against the disabled are abhorrent - there's no place for such views in a civilised society - he must go.”

Cornwal Council group leaders issued a joint statement yesterday in which they condemned Mr Brewer’s views. The comments by Mr Brewer have also appeared in the national press and some fear they are damaging to Cornwall’s reputation.

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  • John_Allman  |  June 03 2013, 10:54PM

    @ jimjams2011 & others I'm over in Lanson, and I wrote a blog post called "Giving evolution a helping hand", about eugenics, mental illness and elective abortion, back in April this year, at http://tinyurl.com/mfqpqxe which you might enjoy reading.

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  • Phil_lip  |  May 15 2013, 6:47AM

    It is funny how many people give this guy grief, and I am not defending him or his comments but his right to hold them, yet how many people still watch the journalist David Attenborough when he provides the narration for wildlife documentaries and he hasn't been asked to stand out of the public spotlight.

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  • jimjams2011  |  May 14 2013, 10:02PM

    I like how everyone will protest about this particular man but if we talk about the increase in selective abortions when it is discovered the child has down syndrome or if we talk about the Mencap Death by Indifference report that shows that people with learning disabilities are more likely to die in hospitals than any other group of people (due to value judgements placed upon them by hospital staff), everyone wants to shut up shop. For all the people moaning about this particular man - he was elected in; I would rather that then democracy via internet poll. If you're really upset... start writing to MP's, Councillors via http://tinyurl.com/bqgxugs to make a difference in your local community regularly.

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  • eyeopener  |  May 14 2013, 9:35PM

    @ yveyk You said "He has the right to his opinion and personally, when faced with a situation of a disabled child, personally, I would have had an abortion.......but I'm sorry, I don't think that the state should constantly pick up the tab." Collin Brewer may well have the right to his opinion but so do those who find him offensive have a right to express their opinion of him. It's one thing to argue that people have the right to choose whether to bring up a disabled child or not but quite another to complain about the state picking up the tab. The children have done nothing wrong other than to be disadvantaged through no fault of their own. This is rather more than the obese, smokers, drug addicts and alcoholics can say. Would you end their lives as well?

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  • JeremyBadger  |  May 14 2013, 7:44PM

    If Sarah Maguire had not stood against this odeous little man in the recent elections he probably would not have won by those 4 votes, think on girl!

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  • Monkeyfarmer  |  May 14 2013, 7:02PM

    Not to detract from the article but has anyone else noticed that "This is Cornwall" has managed to misspell Cornwall.

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  • yveyk  |  May 14 2013, 5:56PM

    Has anyone stopped to think about the people who voted him in? Does this mean that they agree with him? How many of those who voted for him will stand up and say they agree with him? He has the right to his opinion and personally, when faced with a situation of a disabled child, personally, I would have had an abortion. This is personal choice for all those who have mental capacity. This comment may upset people, but I'm sorry, I don't think that the state should constantly pick up the tab. What happens when the parents die? Who will take the responsibility of that person? It is not for parents to pass the buck to their relatives or the state, it is for them to ensure they can afford to put in place the care and cost of that care for the rest of that person's life.

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  • samoyeds  |  May 14 2013, 4:29PM

    whatever anyones opinion of whatever subject there will always be someone that is offended by whatever is said. perhaps it is best for everyone to keep their opinions and mouths shut.

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  • eyeopener  |  May 14 2013, 3:43PM

    @ BradleyJJS Thank you for directing us to http://tinyurl.com/cqbmntw Hayley Goleniowska Author of Downs Side Up, Cornwall in an 'Open Letter to Collin Brewer' explained the issues so sweetly and eloquently. I do so hope that Colin Brewer reads it as well.

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  • eyeopener  |  May 14 2013, 2:49PM

    @ cheltenham20 & lurchersrock I am also from Cheltenham and people from further afield DO take notice and Colin Brewer is unfairly damaging your reputation. it would be ridiculous to think most people in Cornwall think as he does. When I began reading this article I felt that perhaps he was being unfairly criticised. Who amongst us does not at some point make an ill considered remark without thinking through the implications? Colin Brewer had had the decency to resign his previous position as a councillor. You can therefore imagine my surprise when I read - Following his re-election, in an interview with Disability News Service he compared farmers' treatment of deformed lambs to the way that disabled children are dealt with and said: "If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. They get rid of it. Bang." Colin Brewer is clearly an unreconstructed eugenicist and worse lacking in humanity. How are parents meant to react to their disabled children being likened to misshapen lambs? How can making such a statement and causing offence to all who listen in to the Disability News Service be accidental? Colin Brewer needs to learn the lessons from History. Has he never heard of Auschwitz or T4? T4 was the Nazi programme used to euthanize the 'unfit'. This was expanded to include the extermination of the Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, dissidents, trade unionists and anyone else they didn't like. The Bosnian genocide at Srebenica was only eighteen years ago. As Edmund Burke said in the 1700's and History has subsequently shown "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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