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    General Dreedle wrote:
    see and speak sense wrote:
    General Dreedle wrote:
    "Responding to claims about intimidation from Green members, Rob Shepherd, of the Brighton and Hove Green Party, said: “The party has never said anything negative about Christina.
    “Particularly in the early stages there were some people who said things which I would not want to be associated with.
    Classic doublethink from the totallitarian spin doctor.

    The official party machine may not have released any negative press statements about Councillor Summers but Green Party members have. You only have to look on some of their blogs.

    I hope Councillor Summers informs us of some of the specific examples of intimidation so we can see these bullies for what they are.
    Here Here!!
    Im sure in todays world of electronics that Christina has a complete catalogue of emails /comments and tweets recorded from each and every individual member of the green group and party that has passed any form of intimidation and bully tactics....But i am also sure that she will need to keep these to present as legal evidence.How sad that the comment waved around by green members/councillors at the pride event concerning Brighton not yet having attained equality is undermined by they themselves!!
    The amazing thing is that the green party knew full well that Christina was a devout Christian before they took her on board..nothing was hidden at all... yet the way it is reported lets people believe that Christina was some kind of trojan horse!!If there is any trojan horse its the green party themselves..the should change their name to "rainbow or Pride"..then we will know exactly what we are getting!!

    Come on council...get your act together....and stop your twisted, under hand, double standard , unorganised,unprofes


    sion bias postioning and for the sake of the city start( or at least try to)govern with the genuine desire to see all residents treated equal( people of faith especially).And incase any one is wondering it is not the stance that christina has made that has infuriated me but the way the FREEDOM OF SPEACH HAS BEEN DENIED!!
    Absolutely! I don't agree with her view but (again) to use the oft quoted maxim of Evelyn Beatrice Hall, 'I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it'.

    People need to wake up to where the Greens are going with their censure of free speech. Today, it's one of their own rank. Tomorrow, if they ever get power, it's the population over whom they have control. Labour have already laid the foundations by classifying the expression of certain views as hate crime. The law in the UK no longer applies equally to all people. The forefathers of our liberal democracy, John Stuart Mill, John Locke et al must be turning in their graves. The reason so many people seek to emmigrate to the UK is our history as a decent, tolerant liberal democracy that (on the whole) accepts people for who they are and allows freedom of speech as a cornerstone of what we are about. Most of us (a minority of w*nkers excluded) welcome those wishing to join us in our free world. It's in our DNA to not take things too seriously and reject tw*ts in authority, particularly political parties that tell us what to do. But in order to maintain that liberal democracy we must be on guard against those totallitarian, nanny state f**k**s who think they know what is best for us, corrupt the meaning of language and seek to gain an advantage by changing laws in their favour so that the rule of law does not apply equally to all. The Summers episode has driven me back to read Aminal Farm and 1984 again. Two books could not be more appropriate to what we are currently witnessing. I raise a glass to Orwell. A prophet who was only out by 50 years or so.
    In case you're not aware of this, such censorship has now been extended to this very forum. No-one can post anything on stories relating to travellers in the city boundaries here, thanks to "discussions" between the Council and Argus.

    The message is clear - if you don't agree with the Greens, then tough! Brighton libertarian reputation is seriously threat while this odious party remains in power."
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Christian Brighton and Hove councillor kicked out over same-sex marriage stance claims she was intimidated

Christian councillor kicked out over same-sex marriage stance claims she was intimidated

Christian councillor kicked out over same-sex marriage stance claims she was intimidated

First published in News

A Christian councillor who voted against supporting same-sex marriage claimed she has been intimated by Green party members over her stance.

Yesterday we revealed how Christina Summers is to be expelled from sitting with her colleagues on Brighton and Hove City Council after voting against supporting the policy in a town hall meeting earlier this year.

The decision was taken after an internal inquiry by Brighton and Hove Green Party ruled she had breached an agreement made before she stood as a candidate to “uphold and advance the values of equality for all people”.

When approached by The Argus with the decision, Coun Summers, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer ward, said she was “crestfallen” by the decision which, if officially ratified by a number of Green councillors, will leave her as the only independent councillor on the local authority.

She said she had received intimidating emails from Green Party members before and after the council meeting for taking the “decision of conscience”.

Coun Summers said: “I have been waiting for weeks for my colleagues to make a clear and public decision.

“They have no idea how much I have been wanting to say to them and how many emails, blogs and tweets from the wider party membership I wanted to refute and respond to. But there is a time to speak and a time to be silent.

“In view of the Green Party’s own special interpretation of equality, my expulsion from the Green Group of councillors should not, in the end, come as a surprise.

“Nonetheless I can’t help but feel crestfallen.

“After at least two intimate years of campaigning and then serving together in administration, my own colleagues, who should know me well by now, have chosen to believe a lie.

“Party policy, however vague, is sovereign.”

Equality

The vote came after the local authority’s councillors were asked if they supported a motion to lobby the Government on changing the law at a meeting in July.

Coun Summers was the only member to vote against the proposal. This is despite the Greens being the first party nationally to supportthe idea of lifting the ban on same-sex marriage taking place through a civil ceremony.

Coun Summers, who is a devout Christian, told The Argus after the vote she did not agree that “disagreeing with same-sex marriage was disagreeing with equality”.

She added: “I’m accountable to God above any political party.”

The Brighton and Hove Green Party, which does not have a whip for its councillors, maintained the panel’s decision announced on Monday was not an issue of free speech or religion but about the candidate agreement.

Coun Summers said yesterday: “Anyone would have signed that agreement.

Who does not believe in promoting equality? I’m quite heartbroken as I’m Green in every other way.

“Whether I remain as a councillor or not remains to be seen.

“I was voted in by the residents of Hollingdean and Stanmer and I refuse to believe they voted me in specifically on equality and particularly as interpreted by the Green Party of Brighton and Hove.”

Sqaubbling

Responding to claims about intimidation from Green members, Rob Shepherd, of the Brighton and Hove Green Party, said: “The party has never said anything negative about Christina.

“Particularly in the early stages there were some people who said things which I would not want to be associated with.

“The issue is that, just as Christina has complete freedom of speech, so do other party members, providing it is within the law.”

Colleagues of Coun Summers were quick to give their view on the issue.

Conservative group leader Geoffrey Theobald said: “Rather than wasting all their time on internal squabbling, the Greens should be getting on with running this city, talking to businesses and sorting out the mess that their parking charges have created for example.

“I’m afraid this episode is just a symptom of the wider lack of political direction at the top of the Green Party.”

Labour group leader Gill Mitchell said: “This is an internal Green Party matter.”

Conservative councillor Dawn Barnett said: “God doesn’t pay his debts in money; he pays it in mysterious ways.

“This will come back and haunt the Green group.

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