Brighton councillor Ben Duncan apolosises for tweets branding war heroes "hired killers"

"hired killers" councillor apologises for offensive tweets

Councillor Ben Duncan who has been ejected from the Green Party

Councillor Duncan's controversial tweet

First published in News by

A councillor has apologised for his recent actions on Twitter.

Coun Ben Duncan, for Queen's Park ward on Brighton and Hove City Council, made the apology at a full council meeting on July 17.

He hit the headlines in June for a Tweet he sent during a march through the city by the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment as part of Armed Forces Day.

He Tweeted: “Armed Forces Day has certainly brought the hired killers onto the streets of Brighton today. Hard to explain to my son!”

Back in March he also landed himself in trouble after accusing fellow coun Mary Mears of wearing a swastika necklace during a meeting.

He later found out it was in fact a St Brigid's Cross.

Speaking at the full council meeting last week, he said: “I had intended to say nothing more than I apologise sincerely to coun Mears and anyone else offended by a tweet at a previous council meeting. But I think it appropriate to extend that apology however to anyone who has been offended to anything I have said recently online. I thank you very much for this opportunity.”

Coun Duncan was thrown out of the Green Party for his “hired killers” Tweet and now sits as an independent councillor.

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12:10pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

What exactly is he apologising for? Saying something which he believes to be true?
What exactly is he apologising for? Saying something which he believes to be true? stevo!!
  • Score: -65

12:39pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Warren Morgan says...

Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance Warren Morgan
  • Score: 65

1:43pm Sun 20 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

Can someone pass the dettol? I just threw up.
Can someone pass the dettol? I just threw up. NickBrt
  • Score: 26

1:57pm Sun 20 Jul 14

rolivan says...

Isn't it time Dr Caroline Lucas made a statement about His position and why he is still allowed to be involved in any shape or form within the Green Party?
Isn't it time Dr Caroline Lucas made a statement about His position and why he is still allowed to be involved in any shape or form within the Green Party? rolivan
  • Score: 32

2:20pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Stand down Mr Duncan. You are an intolerant bigot who not only Tweeted comments about the forces but have Tweeted offensive comments about a number of religions and there is no place for that in the 21st century.
We managed to rid the country of overt racism and homophobia now we need to tackle dinosaurs like you whose last attempt at bigotry is religious intolerance.
It's time you realised there is no place for your outdated behaviour.
Stand down Mr Duncan. You are an intolerant bigot who not only Tweeted comments about the forces but have Tweeted offensive comments about a number of religions and there is no place for that in the 21st century. We managed to rid the country of overt racism and homophobia now we need to tackle dinosaurs like you whose last attempt at bigotry is religious intolerance. It's time you realised there is no place for your outdated behaviour. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 33

3:09pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

He'll live in Brighton's 'Hall Of a Fame'
(He got there blow-by-blow)
Your kids will tell THEIR kids his name;
Duncan, cretin, moron-oh!
He'll live in Brighton's 'Hall Of a Fame' (He got there blow-by-blow) Your kids will tell THEIR kids his name; Duncan, cretin, moron-oh! Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 5

3:15pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Reporter1 says...

Stand down and let the voters decide. This man is unfit for office.
Stand down and let the voters decide. This man is unfit for office. Reporter1
  • Score: 24

3:37pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Stand down Mr Duncan. You are an intolerant bigot who not only Tweeted comments about the forces but have Tweeted offensive comments about a number of religions and there is no place for that in the 21st century.
We managed to rid the country of overt racism and homophobia now we need to tackle dinosaurs like you whose last attempt at bigotry is religious intolerance.
It's time you realised there is no place for your outdated behaviour.
You seem almost pleased that people are no longer able to express feelings that you don't agree with.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but such feelings are alive and kicking AND are being expressed freely.

Oh, and censoring emotions leads to an increase in them being expressed. It even helps to foment them.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Stand down Mr Duncan. You are an intolerant bigot who not only Tweeted comments about the forces but have Tweeted offensive comments about a number of religions and there is no place for that in the 21st century. We managed to rid the country of overt racism and homophobia now we need to tackle dinosaurs like you whose last attempt at bigotry is religious intolerance. It's time you realised there is no place for your outdated behaviour.[/p][/quote]You seem almost pleased that people are no longer able to express feelings that you don't agree with. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but such feelings are alive and kicking AND are being expressed freely. Oh, and censoring emotions leads to an increase in them being expressed. It even helps to foment them. stevo!!
  • Score: -31

3:40pm Sun 20 Jul 14

greenpaws says...

Warren Morgan wrote:
Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Labour still supports war!
Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them!
Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives!
Labour still supports austerity!
Labour supports privatisation!
Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive!
Labour supports cuts to council services!
Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor!
Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants!
Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator!
Labour only care about power and not the people!
[quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people! greenpaws
  • Score: -24

3:48pm Sun 20 Jul 14

simps46 says...

greenpaws wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote:
Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Labour still supports war!
Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them!
Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives!
Labour still supports austerity!
Labour supports privatisation!
Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive!
Labour supports cuts to council services!
Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor!
Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants!
Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator!
Labour only care about power and not the people!
Incionerator????????
????????????????????
????????
[quote][p][bold]greenpaws[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people![/p][/quote]Incionerator???????? ???????????????????? ???????? simps46
  • Score: 6

4:20pm Sun 20 Jul 14

NickBtn says...

greenpaws wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote:
Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Labour still supports war!
Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them!
Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives!
Labour still supports austerity!
Labour supports privatisation!
Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive!
Labour supports cuts to council services!
Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor!
Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants!
Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator!
Labour only care about power and not the people!
How can the greens "stick up for the poor" when they want to increase their council tax at a much higher rate than any pay rise that they are getting. With pay rising at less than 1%, greens want an increase six times above that.

Unfortunately the greens seem to say one thing and do another.

Claim to support recycling, yet it is only half the rate of comparable councils (who are also having funding cuts).

Claim to be anti-pollution yet put in schemes which deliberately cause hold ups (and more pollution) for majority of traffic (eg. Lewes Road where the council's own figures stated that congestion/pollution would increase, even after optimistic predictions on how some people would switch to bus/bike)

Claim to be for the poor - yet want to increase council tax to them. A tax which has a disproportionate effect on those on low incomes.

And that's without mentioning rubbish (and (mis)management of cityclean), trees, fish, sheep, cows on main roads....
[quote][p][bold]greenpaws[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people![/p][/quote]How can the greens "stick up for the poor" when they want to increase their council tax at a much higher rate than any pay rise that they are getting. With pay rising at less than 1%, greens want an increase six times above that. Unfortunately the greens seem to say one thing and do another. Claim to support recycling, yet it is only half the rate of comparable councils (who are also having funding cuts). Claim to be anti-pollution yet put in schemes which deliberately cause hold ups (and more pollution) for majority of traffic (eg. Lewes Road where the council's own figures stated that congestion/pollution would increase, even after optimistic predictions on how some people would switch to bus/bike) Claim to be for the poor - yet want to increase council tax to them. A tax which has a disproportionate effect on those on low incomes. And that's without mentioning rubbish (and (mis)management of cityclean), trees, fish, sheep, cows on main roads.... NickBtn
  • Score: 19

4:24pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Bill in Hanover says...

stevo!! wrote:
What exactly is he apologising for? Saying something which he believes to be true?
He is apologising to anyone offended by his crass comment he hasn't stated that he withdraws it. Roll on May 2015 when he and his obnoxious colleagues will be unceremoniously dumped.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: What exactly is he apologising for? Saying something which he believes to be true?[/p][/quote]He is apologising to anyone offended by his crass comment he hasn't stated that he withdraws it. Roll on May 2015 when he and his obnoxious colleagues will be unceremoniously dumped. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 25

5:25pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Martha Gunn says...

Wise Warren Morgan is quite right.
How can this oaf continue at the very centre of Caroline's Circus?

But for my money I hope he stays there.
He is a daily reminder of the wretchedness of this dreadful organization.

Let's all look forward to a clear out of the lot of them next May.
Pack your carpet bag Caroline and get ready to move on to your next project.
Wise Warren Morgan is quite right. How can this oaf continue at the very centre of Caroline's Circus? But for my money I hope he stays there. He is a daily reminder of the wretchedness of this dreadful organization. Let's all look forward to a clear out of the lot of them next May. Pack your carpet bag Caroline and get ready to move on to your next project. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 23

5:34pm Sun 20 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

I've finally worked it out........

Councillor Ben Duncan

is

STEVO!!
I've finally worked it out........ Councillor Ben Duncan is STEVO!! monkeymoo
  • Score: 21

6:46pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Yes Stevo I'm sure there are but I don't want him doing it while being paid from my council tax. I would rather he did something useful like clear dog **** off Queens Park.
He's lazy.
Yes Stevo I'm sure there are but I don't want him doing it while being paid from my council tax. I would rather he did something useful like clear dog **** off Queens Park. He's lazy. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 18

6:55pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Yes Stevo I'm sure there are but I don't want him doing it while being paid from my council tax. I would rather he did something useful like clear dog **** off Queens Park.
He's lazy.
So he's never actually a private citizen?
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Yes Stevo I'm sure there are but I don't want him doing it while being paid from my council tax. I would rather he did something useful like clear dog **** off Queens Park. He's lazy.[/p][/quote]So he's never actually a private citizen? stevo!!
  • Score: -25

11:54pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

He airs his views on the same Twitter account he uses for council business so he doesn't choose to be a private citizen.
He airs his views on the same Twitter account he uses for council business so he doesn't choose to be a private citizen. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 5

12:08am Mon 21 Jul 14

Martha Gunn says...

Dear MG - do you have evidence that he is lazy?

We are trying to collect evidence about his work with ward residents.

At the moment we can find very few people who have had any contact with him.
Dear MG - do you have evidence that he is lazy? We are trying to collect evidence about his work with ward residents. At the moment we can find very few people who have had any contact with him. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 7

12:15am Mon 21 Jul 14

Martha Gunn says...

And ps by the way.

Is the headline that Duncan 'apolosises' a feeble attempt to mimic his manner of speech or yet another example of the dedication with which the Argus employs illiterate sub-editors?
And ps by the way. Is the headline that Duncan 'apolosises' a feeble attempt to mimic his manner of speech or yet another example of the dedication with which the Argus employs illiterate sub-editors? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 8

1:08am Mon 21 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
He airs his views on the same Twitter account he uses for council business so he doesn't choose to be a private citizen.
So you claim to know when he considers himself to be a private citizen.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: He airs his views on the same Twitter account he uses for council business so he doesn't choose to be a private citizen.[/p][/quote]So you claim to know when he considers himself to be a private citizen. stevo!!
  • Score: -7

6:52am Mon 21 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

greenpaws wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote:
Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Labour still supports war!
Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them!
Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives!
Labour still supports austerity!
Labour supports privatisation!
Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive!
Labour supports cuts to council services!
Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor!
Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants!
Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator!
Labour only care about power and not the people!
They also opposed boundary reforms that would have put them on a more even footing with the other parties.

I see Tony Benn's grand daughter has just been parachuted in to a safe seat.....
[quote][p][bold]greenpaws[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people![/p][/quote]They also opposed boundary reforms that would have put them on a more even footing with the other parties. I see Tony Benn's grand daughter has just been parachuted in to a safe seat..... Plantpot
  • Score: -2

9:04am Mon 21 Jul 14

qm says...

Warren Morgan wrote:
Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Obviously still receiving tacit support from the green slime brigade who lack the courage to publicly admit to what they privately agree with!
[quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Obviously still receiving tacit support from the green slime brigade who lack the courage to publicly admit to what they privately agree with! qm
  • Score: 0

9:23am Mon 21 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

simps46 wrote:
greenpaws wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance
Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people!
Incionerator???????? ???????????????????? ????????
And your point is...?
[quote][p][bold]simps46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenpaws[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people![/p][/quote]Incionerator???????? ???????????????????? ????????[/p][/quote]And your point is...? Goldenwight
  • Score: -1

10:53am Mon 21 Jul 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

greenpaws wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote:
Still a Green Party member
Still a Green Party MEPs press officer
Sill voting with the Greens at council
Still taking his councillor's allowance
Labour still supports war!
Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them!
Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives!
Labour still supports austerity!
Labour supports privatisation!
Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive!
Labour supports cuts to council services!
Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor!
Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants!
Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator!
Labour only care about power and not the people!
Greens cant keep Brighton & Hove clean, they cant empty our bins on time, they cant recycle at the national average rate, they cant run our city, they are incompetent, they take credit for any good news, and blame others for any negative news.

How not to run a city, courtesy of the Green led council...
[quote][p][bold]greenpaws[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Still a Green Party member Still a Green Party MEPs press officer Sill voting with the Greens at council Still taking his councillor's allowance[/p][/quote]Labour still supports war! Labour still supports benefit cuts for those that need them! Labour still supports a system that gives them a massive advantage over real progressives! Labour still supports austerity! Labour supports privatisation! Labour attacks Greens just because they exist and are more progressive! Labour supports cuts to council services! Labour is afraid to stick up for the poor! Labour brought in Bedroom Tax for private tenants! Labour built and bought BHCC Newhaven Incionerator! Labour only care about power and not the people![/p][/quote]Greens cant keep Brighton & Hove clean, they cant empty our bins on time, they cant recycle at the national average rate, they cant run our city, they are incompetent, they take credit for any good news, and blame others for any negative news. How not to run a city, courtesy of the Green led council... Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 5

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