This charming fellow is, amazingly, a magistrate and a (thankfully now suspended) Warwick Councillor.

 

The Magistrates’ Court (England and Wales) clearly must be hard up for applicants….

Warwickshire incidentally has a Traveller population between 3500 and 4200, the largest in the North of England.

  • eireanne3

    he’s not the only putative Tory politician to insult people
    James Heappey, incumbent Tory MP candidate for Wells, Somerset reportedly told a 6th form student to ‘f*** off back to Scotland’ in a discussion over a second independence referendum during his visit to private (£12,000 year fees) Millfield school in Somerset.

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/14/tory-mp-told-sixth-form-student-to-f-off-back-to-scotland-6636516/

  • chrisjones2

    I agree. He should be suspended

    But what do we do about all the casual class hated, anti English hatred, anti Unionist hatred and racism often seen on Slugger?

  • Granni Trixie

    Do you not think there is a difference in people being “against” you because of party affiliations (in which there is choice) and because of class or racism? As for unionists – you want to try being in APNI – some don’t like you from all sides!

  • Salmondnet

    Clearly an undiplomatic man who takes Eurovision far too seriously,.However, could
    “Warwickshire incidentally has a Traveller population between 3500 and 4200, the largest in the North of England.”
    Have something to do with it?

    It has never been clear to me why the rest of us are obliged to provide facilities for people who make their own choice not to confirm to our social norms, or to put up with the more anti-social aspects of their way of life.
    Before reacting, the most honest of you might contemplate the reality that many Irish communities, when forced to host them, seem to take much the same view. In a more crowded island the abrasion is increased.

  • ulidian

    Warwickshire isn’t in the “North of England”.

  • NotNowJohnny

    You should report any incidents of racism here. That’s what you should do.

  • NotNowJohnny

    What attempts have you made to try to make it clearer to you? A quick Google will turn up a wealth of information on the application of the Equality Act re Gypsies and Travellers plus various ECHR judgements in relation to these groups.

  • Nevin

    The figures have been taken from “Gypsy and Traveller Needs Assessment – North Warwickshire CCG” so Pádraig’s ‘North of England’ should be, er, North Warwickshire:

    It is estimated that the Gypsy and Traveller population in Warwickshire is between 3500 and 4200. The numbers are highest in the North. This figure does not include the 700 families which transit the County every year staying for a number of weeks on the side of the roads.

  • Fear Éireannach

    It is notable that at least some Brexiteer opinion regard disruption in Ireland as an extra benefit of Brexit.

  • John Collins

    Chris
    With a family name like Harrington, he is almost certainly of Irish extraction. Ironic

  • Paddy Reilly

    There are many people of impeccable Irish origin and Republican credentials who would agree and commiserate with him as concerns the Traveller minority.
    Itinerants are not a race and so are not protected by Racism accusations.

  • Lesson for politicos.

    Don’t use social media when you’ve been drinking – as the time stamp on that Saturday night tweet will confirm. No-one watches Eurovision without drinking. And it’s probably worth pointing out that the tweet only exists now in screen-grabs. [And on Slugger! – Ed]

    But even Graham Norton was surprised when the Irish jury vote, not the public vote, allocated nul points to a generally well-regarded UK entry.

    The Greece and Cyprus juries swapped their customary douze points, and the Nordics and East Europe shared the love between themselves.

    Was it Brexit? Possibly…

  • chrisjones2

    Are Travellers and Irish the same? Afraid not as I think a recent case in Dublin established

  • chrisjones2

    Of course there is a difference between disagreement on interpretation or understanding or perspective. What I am pointing up is the degree to which casual stereotyping of English people, people who chose Brexit etc, just flows out

    PS I too disagree with APNI but that doesnt mean I dislike them. I just think their analysis is often utterly wrong

  • chrisjones2

    I challenge them when I can be bothered. And I am often told the English arent a separate race so people can abuse them at will or that it is only ‘sectarianism’ which is different

  • chrisjones2

    “This charming fellow is, amazingly, a magistrate and a (thankfully now suspended) Warwick Councillor.”

    By the way whats should we do with, for example, an elected politician who suggests, for example, that we weaponise equality and use it to destroy the bastards in another community he politically opposes. Should he be suspended?

  • Nevin

    According to a cache entry Nick had retweeted this perhaps possibly beer related tweet:

    https://twitter.com/SteveBlogs1/status/860919726645673984

  • Katyusha

    Would it make any difference if he was? Like Beppe Grillo and Silvio Berlusconi, even if Adams was booted out of the Dáil, he’d still be the leader of Sinn Féin.

    In fact, his opponents are unlikely to want him to be suspended, The possibility of the TD for Louth having to stay outside the chamber would mean the government would have to debate Sinn Féin on policy rather than derailing every debate with Adams into an opportunity to dredge up mud about the ‘ra, and for SF’s northern opponents, the Dáil represents a quarantine in a country so far away and so foreign it might as well be Narnia. They’ve been getting a little annoyed by his increased involvement north of the border as late.

  • mac tire

    Even Graham Norton? Ah well, that’s it then; you’re right. Like GRAHAM NORTON!

    Anyhoo, it was a very well regarded song – by Graham Norton. The song came 15th (out of 26). I wonder how many other countries did not give the UK points (I genuinely don’t know).

    Also not sure of the value of “it’s probably worth pointing out that the tweet only exists now in screen-grabs.” He took it down? So what.

  • Skibo

    AH Chris even a post on a Tory politician in Northern England and you are able to turn it into an attack on SF and Gerry A. Who are you going to go after when he retires?

  • Skibo

    Can you watch the Eurovision without drinking. I gave up drinking at home and couldn’t watch it for the last five years. I take it I haven’t missed much.

  • Dónall

    Recent case? What are you talking about? I take it you mean the recent Dáil vote to recognise Traveller Ethnicity?

    Irish Travellers as the name suggests are Irish. Travellers split away from settled Irish many centuries ago but they are still Irish.

  • Paddy Reilly

    Dealríonn an dúchas trí shúilibh an chuit:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhRBmek18uI

  • Mirrorballman

    “But even Graham Norton was surprised when the Irish jury vote, not the public vote, allocated nul points to a generally well-regarded UK entry.”

    Ach well who could blame the poor Tory boy for losing his rag. Pathetic Pete.

  • Old Mortality

    Warwickshire in the north of England? Heart of England more like. They clearly have a lot of travellers for which the council must cope. Is it inconceivable that none of these travellers originated in Ireland?

  • John Collins

    Well he did say ‘thanks Ireland’ and foretell ‘a hard Brexit coming’. So he was definitely having an ‘auld’ cut at Ireland, while he was at least ‘half cut’ himself.

  • murdockp

    Irish Travellers. Irish people in caravans. Hardly a distinct ethnic group.

    I wouldn’t want them living near me. As a liberal who belives in equality.

    ThatS the truth of it.

  • chrisjones2

    Just pointing up the hypocrisy in many posts here

  • Karl

    What kind of people see equality as a threat and a weapon to be used against them???

  • sk

    “But even Graham Norton was surprised when the Irish jury vote, not the public vote, allocated nul points to a generally well-regarded UK entry.”

    Summon our ambassador

  • The Irishman

    I think it’s clear in the context of saying that, the bastards he refers to breaking with equality are bigots.

  • The Irishman

    Examples?

  • john millar

    “Irish Travellers. Irish people in caravans. Hardly a distinct ethnic group.

    I wouldn’t want them living near me. As a liberal who belives in equality.

    ThatS the truth of it.”

    You are missing an outstanding experience. People wonderfully adept at finding locked premises that are not locked Spreading their unique lifestyle on AFM premises and proud recipients of a”gift” from the owners of the premises as they leave. As a bonus they provide employment for those removing the (substantial) marks of the presence.

  • john millar

    “What attempts have you made to try to make it clearer to you? A quick Google will turn up a wealth of information on the application of the Equality Act re Gypsies and Travellers plus various ECHR judgements in relation to these groups.”

    A MASSIVE CON ON THE SETTLED PEOPLE

    “It has never been clear to me why the rest of us are obliged to provide facilities for people who make their own choice not to confirm to our social norms, or to put up with the more anti-social aspects of their way of life. “

  • mickfealty

    Just found this (https://goo.gl/Yg7mKG):

    “Only four countries’ voting public awarded us any points at all, and two of them were Australia and neighbours Ireland.”

  • Salmondnet

    The mere existence of a law providing a group of people with special privileges doesn’t provide an adequate rationale for such stupidity.

  • NotNowJohnny

    It may not provide an adequate rationale for you but it provided a sufficient rationale for parliament to make to the law and for the courts to rule on it. Disagreeing with the rationale doesn’t make it null and void. Perhaps you need to work on your understanding of human rights law.

  • NotNowJohnny

    I have no idea what point you are trying to make here. You don’t think disability discrimination law is a massive con on able bodied people do you?

  • NotNowJohnny

    It’s good that you challenge racism. What isn’t so good is misinterpreting behaviour that isn’t racism as racism.

  • Salmondnet

    Nope. I need to work on changing misguided laws made by idiot liberals. Leaving the EU is a step in that direction.
    At no point have I suggested that the law is inoperative, indeed my complaint is that it is applied..

  • Salmondnet

    Disability is not (usually) a choice. Refusing to settle in the same way as others and demanding that they accommodate your life style is.

  • NotNowJohnny

    Good luck with your attempts to change the law. Let me know how that goes.

    Of course you do realise that the U.K. has no intention of withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights so human rights law will still apply post Brexit.

  • NotNowJohnny

    Yes. I often wonder why everyone can’t just live the way I do.

  • john millar

    “I have no idea what point you are trying to make here. You don’t think disability discrimination law is a massive con on able bodied people do you?”

    What has disability got to do with “Traveller rights/

  • NotNowJohnny

    Nothing whatsoever. But I am curious as to what you think.

  • john millar

    I remain confused as to the connection between “Travellers” and Disability legislation. As for the latter I personally don`t think
    1 The legislation goes far enough and
    2 It is poorly enforced outside the public sector

  • NotNowJohnny

    I think the connection might be that legislation protects both groups.

  • Tochais Siorai

    It’s one of those names that can originate in either country. The original Irish O hArrachtáin was anglicised as Harrington, which was an already pre-existing English name.

  • John Collins

    Oh yes, well spotted. There is a Lord Harrington. Of course my own surname is also anglicised.