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Lewes councillor in twitter insult row

A councillor referred to a constituent as “the village idiot” and told him to “pay your taxes to die of cancer if that’s what you want” during an online row.

Councillor Donna Edmunds, the lead member for communications at Lewes District Council made the remarks on social networking site Twitter.

The comments arose from a debate between the Conservative councillor and a Lewes resident using the online name Jim Cornelius, after Coun Edmunds expressed her view the NHS should be privatised.

A debate between the two culminated with Coun Edmunds saying: “You’re an idiot. Pay your taxes to die of cancer if you want.”

She later amended her comments to “pay your taxes for a crappy service if that’s what you want to do” but went on to tell Mr Cornelius “you’ve just confirmed your status as the village idiot”.

Coun Edmunds said: “I don’t regret calling him an idiot. It has to be seen in the context of a conversation that was going on for three or four hours and I had persistently told him I didn’t want to talk anymore.

“In terms of the other comment I do regret the wording and I did retract it afterwards.”

For the full story see today's Argus.

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2:17pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Skidrow says...

Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up!
Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.
Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up! Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument. Skidrow
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2:28pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Nooney says...

I think it's pretty funny really! What a legend this Councillor is, Tory or otherwise (I'm not a blue!). Sometimes people just need telling. The guy probably is an idiot...
I think it's pretty funny really! What a legend this Councillor is, Tory or otherwise (I'm not a blue!). Sometimes people just need telling. The guy probably is an idiot... Nooney
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2:31pm Thu 1 Sep 11

I thought says...

Skidrow wrote:
Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up!
Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.
You moron!
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up! Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.[/p][/quote]You moron! I thought
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2:32pm Thu 1 Sep 11

I thought says...

Skidrow wrote:
Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up!
Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.
Oh! ****! I see what you mean! OK I agree with you then X
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up! Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.[/p][/quote]Oh! ****! I see what you mean! OK I agree with you then X I thought
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2:33pm Thu 1 Sep 11

joebie sussex says...

only one course of action needed by Lewes council. SACK HER, from a cancer sufferer I would like to say that I have been treated by the RSCH for the past year very well. People like her in that sort of position should keep their mouths shut for fear of putting their foot in it
only one course of action needed by Lewes council. SACK HER, from a cancer sufferer I would like to say that I have been treated by the RSCH for the past year very well. People like her in that sort of position should keep their mouths shut for fear of putting their foot in it joebie sussex
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2:41pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Skidrow says...

tart!
tart! Skidrow
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2:41pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Roundbill says...

I thought wrote:
Skidrow wrote:
Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up!
Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.
You moron!
You win one Internet!
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[quote][p][bold]I thought[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: Mmmm. Tory Councillors. They really are a special breed. This one is the lead member for communications! You couldn't make it up! Its often said that if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument.[/p][/quote]You moron![/p][/quote]You win one Internet! http://tinyurl.com/o nefreeinternet Roundbill
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2:52pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Nooney says...

joebie sussex wrote:
only one course of action needed by Lewes council. SACK HER, from a cancer sufferer I would like to say that I have been treated by the RSCH for the past year very well. People like her in that sort of position should keep their mouths shut for fear of putting their foot in it
We should probably BURN HER as well. Nice to see we have well-grounded opinions in Sussex...
[quote][p][bold]joebie sussex[/bold] wrote: only one course of action needed by Lewes council. SACK HER, from a cancer sufferer I would like to say that I have been treated by the RSCH for the past year very well. People like her in that sort of position should keep their mouths shut for fear of putting their foot in it[/p][/quote]We should probably BURN HER as well. Nice to see we have well-grounded opinions in Sussex... Nooney
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3:05pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Skidrow says...

I assume that was a well grounded nomination for the top of one of the Lewes bonfires...
I assume that was a well grounded nomination for the top of one of the Lewes bonfires... Skidrow
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3:16pm Thu 1 Sep 11

dhamallamafarmer says...

The head of communications persistently said that she didn't want to get involved in discussions?
Two tiered oxymoron or just really moronic? The more you let a Tory speak the thicker they appear.
The head of communications persistently said that she didn't want to get involved in discussions? Two tiered oxymoron or just really moronic? The more you let a Tory speak the thicker they appear. dhamallamafarmer
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3:55pm Thu 1 Sep 11

doggle says...

she's a tory, it's hardly a surprise, it's not as if we don't know how condescending they invariably are.
she's a tory, it's hardly a surprise, it's not as if we don't know how condescending they invariably are. doggle
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6:13pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Pandemonia says...

There's only one village idiot in this story and it isn't the constituent.

Still, if they refuse to sack her from the District Council there's always Standards for England - unless the Tories have abolished it.
There's only one village idiot in this story and it isn't the constituent. Still, if they refuse to sack her from the District Council there's always Standards for England - unless the Tories have abolished it. Pandemonia
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7:20pm Thu 1 Sep 11

JimCornelius says...

Miss Edmunds follows up her Twitter insult of a constituent by lying to the local paper. It is untrue that she "persistently told him I didn’t want to talk anymore." She only tweeted for me to discontinue (http://twitter.com/
#!/DonnaInSussex/sta
tus/1044699891128074
24) AFTER she had already made the comment calling me and idiot and mentioning cancer - http://twitter.com/#
!/DonnaInSussex/stat
us/10416663402080665
6
Miss Edmunds follows up her Twitter insult of a constituent by lying to the local paper. It is untrue that she "persistently told him I didn’t want to talk anymore." She only tweeted for me to discontinue (http://twitter.com/ #!/DonnaInSussex/sta tus/1044699891128074 24) AFTER she had already made the comment calling me and idiot and mentioning cancer - http://twitter.com/# !/DonnaInSussex/stat us/10416663402080665 6 JimCornelius
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10:44pm Thu 1 Sep 11

I thought says...

Skidrow wrote:
I assume that was a well grounded nomination for the top of one of the Lewes bonfires...
I think he was alluding to Battery Acid, but nice thought anyway
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: I assume that was a well grounded nomination for the top of one of the Lewes bonfires...[/p][/quote]I think he was alluding to Battery Acid, but nice thought anyway I thought
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10:55pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Dave in Hastings says...

It is Councillor Edmunds who is the village idiot if she thinks a privatised NHS will deliver a better service. Look at America you stupid woman - millions without even basic healthcare. What an idealogical bunch of morons the tories are. Pathetic free market zealots of the worst kind. They are transferring all the wealth to the powerful few. Wake up and get out on the streets to protest against this obnoxious bunch before it is too late!
It is Councillor Edmunds who is the village idiot if she thinks a privatised NHS will deliver a better service. Look at America you stupid woman - millions without even basic healthcare. What an idealogical bunch of morons the tories are. Pathetic free market zealots of the worst kind. They are transferring all the wealth to the powerful few. Wake up and get out on the streets to protest against this obnoxious bunch before it is too late! Dave in Hastings
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12:35am Fri 2 Sep 11

tenerifeisland says...

is this the same women that made insults last week????? hmm oh well maybe not, time to get rid of her...mind you have you seen her nose, wow thats an alpine ski jump, and those clothes.....awhhhh, the shoes and that terrible greasy hair....yuk you really are an ugly old hag...oh wait...did i just insult you .....hahahahahahahah
a adios
is this the same women that made insults last week????? hmm oh well maybe not, time to get rid of her...mind you have you seen her nose, wow thats an alpine ski jump, and those clothes.....awhhhh, the shoes and that terrible greasy hair....yuk you really are an ugly old hag...oh wait...did i just insult you .....hahahahahahahah a adios tenerifeisland
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7:20am Fri 2 Sep 11

Yes i'm right says...

Well this moronic woman has given credibility to what Teresa May called the " Nasty party". You're living up to your name well Miss Edmunds!
Well this moronic woman has given credibility to what Teresa May called the " Nasty party". You're living up to your name well Miss Edmunds! Yes i'm right
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12:56pm Fri 2 Sep 11

gmgc81 says...

Typical Tory ignorance. If you're not one of them you're beneath them. Never voted Tory, NEVER WILL!
Typical Tory ignorance. If you're not one of them you're beneath them. Never voted Tory, NEVER WILL! gmgc81
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8:20pm Fri 2 Sep 11

SimonS says...

Silly woman. Has to be said she's not making light of cancer, but nevertheless her comments are puerile and childish. Jim certainly came out of that debate claiming the moral highground, particularly as she since claims she persistently asked him to be quiet (which itself is a mockery considering he was having a polite debate with her).
Silly woman. Has to be said she's not making light of cancer, but nevertheless her comments are puerile and childish. Jim certainly came out of that debate claiming the moral highground, particularly as she since claims she persistently asked him to be quiet (which itself is a mockery considering he was having a polite debate with her). SimonS
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11:27am Sat 3 Sep 11

Ringmer Rich says...

So this is what the tories mean by the big society. If you don't agree with their policies, you are branded idiots. Hardly a slip of the tongue, when she later repeated the insult without regret. This lack of basic civility and indifference to others seems very familiar. It seems very akin to the attitudes of the young rioters interviewed at that time.
So this is what the tories mean by the big society. If you don't agree with their policies, you are branded idiots. Hardly a slip of the tongue, when she later repeated the insult without regret. This lack of basic civility and indifference to others seems very familiar. It seems very akin to the attitudes of the young rioters interviewed at that time. Ringmer Rich
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8:29am Sun 4 Sep 11

Yes i'm right says...

Well the line that the NHS is safe in the Tories hands has been shattered this morning with the news that this government considered handing over the running of NHS hospitals to foreign private firms. Any Tory wish to comment??????
Well the line that the NHS is safe in the Tories hands has been shattered this morning with the news that this government considered handing over the running of NHS hospitals to foreign private firms. Any Tory wish to comment?????? Yes i'm right
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12:28pm Sun 4 Sep 11

Yes i'm right says...

Thought not!
Thought not! Yes i'm right
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