Politicians add pressure on Swindon's mayor to go

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon mayor Nick Martin Swindon mayor Nick Martin

PRESSURE is mounting on Swindon mayor Nick Martin after several high-profile Westminster politicians condemned remarks he is alleged to have made.

Coun Martin (Con, Shaw) has been accused of insulting adults with learning disabilities at a meeting last year.

In an interview with BBC Wiltshire Radio this week the Local Government Minister, Eric Pickles, said the comments were unacceptable He also questioned the mayor’s conduct following the accusation, saying that a politician in a hole should not continue digging.

Last week the deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman visited Swindon saying the mayor should be someone people can look up to and, as Nick Martin had lost that respect, he should go.

Swindon Labour Group leader Coun Jim Grant (Lab, Rodbourne Cheney) said: “As we have both Eric Pickles and Harriet Harman agreeing the comments are unacceptable this indicates there is political consensus and the mayor’s position is untenable and I hope he pays heed to this.”

The mayor refused to comment on Eric Pickles’ interview. He is to face a standards hearing later in the year.

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4:23pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

If he said it not only should he removed from his position of Mayor,he should also be removed as a councilor. Also, if he did say the alleged comments those who backed him should be voted out next time the elections come along. They will know if he said it or not and if he did then their actions in towing the party line are as bad as the comment itself.
If he said it not only should he removed from his position of Mayor,he should also be removed as a councilor. Also, if he did say the alleged comments those who backed him should be voted out next time the elections come along. They will know if he said it or not and if he did then their actions in towing the party line are as bad as the comment itself. Davey Gravey

4:25pm Sun 19 Jan 14

roberto5 says...

We need to keep him, he is our very own Berlusconi.
We need to keep him, he is our very own Berlusconi. roberto5

4:41pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

There are a few videos on TalkSwindon from within the council chambers.
From what I've seen, it would appear that Nick Martins attitude and conduct are far from exemplary. Even without these allegations.

Time for him to go.

Perhaps it's also time to end the pomp an ceremony of the mayoral position altogether.
There are a few videos on TalkSwindon from within the council chambers. From what I've seen, it would appear that Nick Martins attitude and conduct are far from exemplary. Even without these allegations. Time for him to go. Perhaps it's also time to end the pomp an ceremony of the mayoral position altogether. Empty Car Park

5:01pm Sun 19 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

Harriet Harman lives in a glass house and shouldn't throw stones.

Others have already posted her criminal record so who the hell is she to cast dispersions.

Or is this all really a political game played by a dying half dead system that's due a complete overall by revolution.

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Harriet Harman lives in a glass house and shouldn't throw stones. Others have already posted her criminal record so who the hell is she to cast dispersions. Or is this all really a political game played by a dying half dead system that's due a complete overall by revolution. . anotherimigrant

6:20pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

Anyone causing this much fuss should just walk, it's an embarrassment to the town.
Anyone causing this much fuss should just walk, it's an embarrassment to the town. Localboy86

7:03pm Sun 19 Jan 14

The Witch says...

Localboy86 wrote:
Anyone causing this much fuss should just walk, it's an embarrassment to the town.
Quite right.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Anyone causing this much fuss should just walk, it's an embarrassment to the town.[/p][/quote]Quite right. The Witch

8:00pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

Just go Martin.
Just go Martin. Always Grumpy

8:26pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Do we even need a Mayor anyway regardless of this issue?
Do we even need a Mayor anyway regardless of this issue? Davey Gravey

9:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

eminencegris says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
Harriet Harman lives in a glass house and shouldn't throw stones.

Others have already posted her criminal record so who the hell is she to cast dispersions.

Or is this all really a political game played by a dying half dead system that's due a complete overall by revolution.

.
Funny, I don't ever recall Harriet Harman referring to disabled people as, and I quote, "...mongols". Must've missed that.
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: Harriet Harman lives in a glass house and shouldn't throw stones. Others have already posted her criminal record so who the hell is she to cast dispersions. Or is this all really a political game played by a dying half dead system that's due a complete overall by revolution. .[/p][/quote]Funny, I don't ever recall Harriet Harman referring to disabled people as, and I quote, "...mongols". Must've missed that. eminencegris

10:46pm Sun 19 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

No you silly, because she probably said quietly.

But she did do a lot of other equally silly stuff, like rippin us of with expenses. But she was allowed to get away with it. Not to say anything about her motoring experiences.

Which you and others we quite vociferous over when the junky fool got chased by plod.
No you silly, because she probably said quietly. But she did do a lot of other equally silly stuff, like rippin us of with expenses. But she was allowed to get away with it. Not to say anything about her motoring experiences. Which you and others we quite vociferous over when the junky fool got chased by plod. anotherimigrant

12:15am Mon 20 Jan 14

wa231 says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Do we even need a Mayor anyway regardless of this issue?
He should be sacked for being a waste of money. His chains should be melted down and his costume sold on Ebay or used for a Christmas Panto.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Do we even need a Mayor anyway regardless of this issue?[/p][/quote]He should be sacked for being a waste of money. His chains should be melted down and his costume sold on Ebay or used for a Christmas Panto. wa231

8:36am Mon 20 Jan 14

RichardR1 says...

It is abundantly clear he is unfit for purpose. At the very least not moving with th e times. The term was legitimate in the early 60's but not now.
It is abundantly clear he is unfit for purpose. At the very least not moving with th e times. The term was legitimate in the early 60's but not now. RichardR1

4:31pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Bimbosforjustice says...

He should be made to be Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil for a year as punishment
He should be made to be Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil for a year as punishment Bimbosforjustice

6:35pm Mon 20 Jan 14

trolley dolley says...

All these comments are being made before the man has been proved to have said what is alleged.


Are we not being a bit too eager to remove him on the word of a couple of people.

Let due process take care of this otherwise we are acting like a lynch mob.
All these comments are being made before the man has been proved to have said what is alleged. Are we not being a bit too eager to remove him on the word of a couple of people. Let due process take care of this otherwise we are acting like a lynch mob. trolley dolley

11:01pm Mon 20 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

trolley dolley wrote:
All these comments are being made before the man has been proved to have said what is alleged.


Are we not being a bit too eager to remove him on the word of a couple of people.

Let due process take care of this otherwise we are acting like a lynch mob.
So true. We plebs are always jumping on band wagons.

Probably turn out the accusers were/are liars. Because there is truly plenty of the in the council.
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: All these comments are being made before the man has been proved to have said what is alleged. Are we not being a bit too eager to remove him on the word of a couple of people. Let due process take care of this otherwise we are acting like a lynch mob.[/p][/quote]So true. We plebs are always jumping on band wagons. Probably turn out the accusers were/are liars. Because there is truly plenty of the in the council. anotherimigrant

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