Cllr Brewer has apologised but refuses to resign. As an Independent, he has no party from which to be expelled nor any party leader summarily calling for his dismissal. However, the chairman of Disability Cornwall, Steve Paget MBE, is demanding Cllr Brewer’s resignation claiming “he is supposed to be an elected member representing public views and acting on behalf of the public. How anyone can come out with that is just shocking”. A spokesman for Scope stated “to hear such an ill-judged and insensitive statement from a councillor is deeply disturbing and demonstrates that they are clearly not fit for office”.
However, as in my previous comments here, one is hard pressed to argue that Cllr Brewer is articulating anything other than a consistent view. As Cranmer points out:
His [Cllr Brewer] view is precisely that which our progressive society manifests toward the disabled in the womb – right up to full-term. There is no 24-week limit when it comes to ‘getting rid’ of those who can’t walk, talk, see, hear or catch a ball… you’ll even find doctors who will neatly dispose of a baby with a hare lip, for that’s an undoubted disability. The glorious achievements of our Paralympians have done nothing to change this.
Disability is a profound burden on parents (emotionally) and on society (‘cost too much’), so our ‘representatives and elected members’ have indeed determined that they may be ‘put down’. This has nothing to do with women’s rights over their bodies, or with the question of when ‘independent’ life actually begins. It is a simple fact that society allows disability as a reason for abortion way beyond the 24-week period for the able-bodied, and that implies that disabled people, or the lives of disabled people, are less worthwhile than the lives of ‘normal’ people.
One must conclude that it is the position of Scope and Disability Cornwall that is inconsistent here. For, no calls have been made to have this statute ‘confined to the history books’ nor does it lead them to call this provision ‘deeply disturbing’ and denounce all those who uphold it as ‘clearly not fit for office’.
Is it sheer inconsistency or merely that those who advocate this statute don’t state it quite as crassly as Cllr Brewer?
* Collin Brewer has since resigned