The Cllr for Kemptown in Brighton, notorious for being off message, tweeted on ‘Armed Forces Day’:
On this particular twitter PR disaster it took the Cllr nearly 48 hours to apologize:
And, as you might expect, this apology didn’t go down too well with some:
The local party were quick to distant themselves from his remarks as well:
I keep referring to Cllr Duncan’s PR disasters in the plural because this isn’t the first time he has had to apologize. There was of course his 2012 apology for a remark about “murdering, raping and looting” during a debate on legalised cannabis cafes where he famously apologized with the phrase:
“I apologise unreservedly for mentioning rape in what was meant to be a light-hearted, ironic tweet…”
Then there was that 2013 highlight where he was quoted in what was already a less than complimentary article about the Green Party in the The Guardian as saying:
“Jason Kitcat’s policies have time and again betrayed working people, city residents – and the electoral interests of the Green Party of England and Wales.”
Not exactly on message.
The Green Party with their lack of whip system is well known for accepting and encouraging internal disagreement and debate, but one has to wonder how much longer they will tolerate Cllr Duncan and his off message, and at time highly offensive, online comments?
You can keep up-to-date with Cllr Duncan’s online antics by following his twitter account @KemptownBen.
A hat tip to Charlotte Henry’s blog where I first saw this story.