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Mr Martin said he had apologised to the council â€œfor using a word I shouldn't have,â€ and added that he would say sorry publicly â€œas I have been asked toâ€. He later told BBC Wiltshire that he had used a word he â€œwas brought up withâ€ and that it was â€œnot a modern wordâ€, adding: â€œThe committee want a new apology and I will keep apologising until they fall over.
â€œI'm sorry, I'm human, and I don't know what is wrong with my apologies.â€
Swindon mayor says sorry for calling disabled people â€˜mongolsâ€™ â€“ but charities dismiss forced apology
Well well well.
You don't know what's wrong with your apologies, Nick Martin? And you're the current mayor of Swindon?
I have very little problem at all with the word you're apologizing for: mongol. Nor spastic, nor cripple, nor cretin, they're all historical words with a respectable place in the dictionary, though I'd not personally use them outside of an historical context.
My problem is with the word "let" and the fact that you thought it funny to attempt a joke on the subject of eugenics. How, as a simple matter of practicality, do you suggest mongols (or anyone else born with a chromosome disorder) should be prevented from having sex with each other? Castration? Chemical neutering? Euthanasia?
You have no respectable place whatever in public life, Mr Martin. If you thought what you said was amusing then you should retire immediately. You are, if you'll excuse the wording, permanently tarred with a particularly vile brush of your own making. What is missing from both your joke and your apology is the decency and respect that the people involved are due. Apologize properly, apologize fully, and then for goodness' sake stand down from local politics. Nothing and nobody is capable of absolving you from this self-inflicted disgrace.
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Might I note, in passing, that the ex-Mayor of Swindon appears still to be a local Councillor in good standing under Swindon's Conservative whip.
What on earth is wrong with these people.
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