The remarks attributed in the Medway Messenger today to senior portfolio holder Councillor Carr should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who has worked to build bridges between communities in Medway.
Irrespective of the perception it is responsible for all politicians to be sensitive to issues around community cohesion; issues and differences between communities will always exist; the way of alleviating is through dialogue and management.
If these comments were from a backbench Conservative Councillor they would be reprehensible; coming as they do from someone responsible for building bridges and working on community safety for minority groups, it makes the position untenable.
Voters will rightly worry that he harbors other views on minority groups and that they could cloud his ability to do the job fairly for all people.
The article has suggested that prosecutions may come as a result; if true Council resources may be deployed in having to defend these remarks.
The Conservative Leadership should suspend Cllr Carr from his Portfolio pending any legal outcome.
Anything less would be a breach of trust to the electorate who are once again having to deal with a Portfolio holder seemingly unable to do his job responsibly.
Within six hours the following Medway Conservatives issued this statement over alleged comments made by Cllr David Carr about travellers.
“In light of the comments printed in the Medway Messenger, Cllr Carr has been suspended from his position as Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Customer Contact pending a review of the issues covered within the article.Cllr Carr’s comments were not acceptable and he now appreciates that this is the case.We do not support the comments Cllr Carr said in the interview he gave shortly after being appointed to the portfolio."