Barnet Council Labour group Claims Tory Councillor Tom Davey is 'not fit for office' after 'disgusting' Facebook posts

Councillor Tom Davey, who is Cabinet member for housing.

Councillor Tom Davey, who is Cabinet member for housing.

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The leader of Barnet's Labour group claims a Tory councillor is “not fit for office” after it was revealed he made derogatory comments about “benefit claiming scum”, lesbians, black people and disabled people on Facebook.

Councillor Tom Davey made the statements on the social networking site in 2008 and 2009, but they have since been republished online via Political Scrapbook.

In one status update the current Cabinet member for housing had suggested it might be easier to find a job if he were “a black female wheelchair-bound amputee who is sexually attracted to other women”.

In another post he referred to “benefit claiming scum” and said he dislikes paying for the “lazy bastards!”

In January 2008 he posted that he was “more excited than Harold Shipman in a nursing home”, and in March 2009 he said he was “smacking his bitch up" adding "that’ll teach her for ironing loudly whilst the football is on!”

In a statement to the Times Series, Cllr Davey apologised for the comments, claiming they were meant to be humorous.

He said: "These comments from 2008/2009 were intended to be in a jokey saloon bar humour.

“I realise that they are offensive terms and I regret allowing them to appear.

“They do not appear funny now with the benefit of hindsight. I am very sorry for this error of judgement.”

But the leader of Barnet's Labour Party Cllr Alison Moore says Cllr Davey is "not fit for office" and wants council leader Cllr Richard Cornelius to take action.

She said: "These comments are totally unacceptable for anyone to make, much less an elected politician.  Tom Davey is the cabinet member for housing and he makes decisions that affect the very people he attacks in these disgusting remarks.

"I am calling on the leader of the council to take immediate action against Cllr Davey - in my view he is not fit for office having made comments of this kind."

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4:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Wombatz says...

Oh dear. I wonder if Richard Cornelius regrets calling the Barnet Alliance for Public Services leaflet, 'ABC: Anyone But Conservative' 'childish' when he sees the quality of humour displayed by those he leads.
Oh dear. I wonder if Richard Cornelius regrets calling the Barnet Alliance for Public Services leaflet, 'ABC: Anyone But Conservative' 'childish' when he sees the quality of humour displayed by those he leads. Wombatz
  • Score: 20

4:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

nlygo says...

I know Tom quite well.

His behaviour with me, an avowed homosexualist, has always been impeccable.
I know Tom quite well. His behaviour with me, an avowed homosexualist, has always been impeccable. nlygo
  • Score: -3

5:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Mr. Datchery says...

nlygo wrote:
I know Tom quite well.

His behaviour with me, an avowed homosexualist, has always been impeccable.
Well looking at what this prince among men posted you are presumably not black, disabled or lesbian so you are in the clear as far as he is concerned.
[quote][p][bold]nlygo[/bold] wrote: I know Tom quite well. His behaviour with me, an avowed homosexualist, has always been impeccable.[/p][/quote]Well looking at what this prince among men posted you are presumably not black, disabled or lesbian so you are in the clear as far as he is concerned. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 12

5:20pm Tue 15 Apr 14

nlygo says...

presume nothing.
presume nothing. nlygo
  • Score: -1

5:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Jon10 says...

The fact remains that Barnet's housing policy is now aligned to only attract people who are not expected to use council services.

So no disabled, please. No children with special needs - go to another borough.

Young, childless professionals are perfect incomers for all the new blocks of flats, but they must stay that way and not grow old and infirm.
The fact remains that Barnet's housing policy is now aligned to only attract people who are not expected to use council services. So no disabled, please. No children with special needs - go to another borough. Young, childless professionals are perfect incomers for all the new blocks of flats, but they must stay that way and not grow old and infirm. Jon10
  • Score: 16

5:54pm Tue 15 Apr 14

manfordhopes says...

Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties.
Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties. manfordhopes
  • Score: -10

6:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Mr E Dance says...

'Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties'

Well said Mrs Davey! If you'd sat him on the naughty step in earlier years he wouldn't be spouting this kind of c r a p!
There's still time for the naughty step for all of them, come May 22
'Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties' Well said Mrs Davey! If you'd sat him on the naughty step in earlier years he wouldn't be spouting this kind of c r a p! There's still time for the naughty step for all of them, come May 22 Mr E Dance
  • Score: 14

6:48pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Jon10 says...

manfordhopes wrote:
Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties.
It is possible to say he HAS done an excellent job only if you acknowledge that nothing significant was done about housing in Barnet during the 'Blair Boom' years, when finance was available.

During that time, many surrounding local authorities managed to substantially redevelop their housing estates, including providing replacement housing on-site for all residents who wanted to stay.

West Hendon counts as an example of complete neglect by the council, and redevelopment is only happening now because of the imposition of huge tower blocks alongside the Welsh Harp - for flats for sale with a 'view'. Many residents will not be able to stay.
[quote][p][bold]manfordhopes[/bold] wrote: Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties.[/p][/quote]It is possible to say he HAS done an excellent job only if you acknowledge that nothing significant was done about housing in Barnet during the 'Blair Boom' years, when finance was available. During that time, many surrounding local authorities managed to substantially redevelop their housing estates, including providing replacement housing on-site for all residents who wanted to stay. West Hendon counts as an example of complete neglect by the council, and redevelopment is only happening now because of the imposition of huge tower blocks alongside the Welsh Harp - for flats for sale with a 'view'. Many residents will not be able to stay. Jon10
  • Score: 10

7:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

A_Level_Perspective says...

Why has no one asked the apparently obvious question why these clearly outdated and, judging by the Cllr's coherent response, out of context social media updates have appeared at all?
Why has no one asked the apparently obvious question why these clearly outdated and, judging by the Cllr's coherent response, out of context social media updates have appeared at all? A_Level_Perspective
  • Score: -18

7:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Rog T says...

Young Daniel was elected to the Council in 2008 - http://www.times-ser
ies.co.uk/archive/20
08/05/02/2243037.Con
servatives_hold_on_t
o_Hale/ -
This is around the same time he was posting these messages to Facebook, not as Manfordhopes states "well before".

Cllr Davey states that the comments are "Jokey Saloon Bar Humour" with jokes like this, normally I'd advise him not to give up his day job, but in this case maybe a period of reflection on the bench may help all concerned.

What is interesting is the fact that he seems to think the fact he was having difficulty in finding a job was due to everything but his own attitude. Last week Tom Davey called for the resignation of Alison Moore as he claimed she had displayed poor judgement. He said of Moore's judgement "surely you cannot continue in a position of leadership" and suggested "Please do the honourable thing". Given Mr Davey's views on judgement, is it too much to ask him to follow his own advice and resign.
Young Daniel was elected to the Council in 2008 - http://www.times-ser ies.co.uk/archive/20 08/05/02/2243037.Con servatives_hold_on_t o_Hale/ - This is around the same time he was posting these messages to Facebook, not as Manfordhopes states "well before". Cllr Davey states that the comments are "Jokey Saloon Bar Humour" with jokes like this, normally I'd advise him not to give up his day job, but in this case maybe a period of reflection on the bench may help all concerned. What is interesting is the fact that he seems to think the fact he was having difficulty in finding a job was due to everything but his own attitude. Last week Tom Davey called for the resignation of Alison Moore as he claimed she had displayed poor judgement. He said of Moore's judgement "surely you cannot continue in a position of leadership" and suggested "Please do the honourable thing". Given Mr Davey's views on judgement, is it too much to ask him to follow his own advice and resign. Rog T
  • Score: 19

7:33pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Lucy Furr says...

manfordhopes wrote:
Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties.
According to the council website, Cllr Davey was elected on 1st May 2008.

One Facebook posting was made three and a half months before this election.

The other three statements were made after this date, and were written as an elected councillor.

Therefore the "well before he was elected" excuse simply doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]manfordhopes[/bold] wrote: Wasn't thom davey like 20 when he said those things? it doesn't excuse it but it was well before he was elected and he's done an excellent job and people grow up significantly during their twenties.[/p][/quote]According to the council website, Cllr Davey was elected on 1st May 2008. One Facebook posting was made three and a half months before this election. The other three statements were made after this date, and were written as an elected councillor. Therefore the "well before he was elected" excuse simply doesn't work. Lucy Furr
  • Score: 18

7:36pm Tue 15 Apr 14

nlygo says...

this is all to do with the space and time continuum of course.

and the theory of relativity.
this is all to do with the space and time continuum of course. and the theory of relativity. nlygo
  • Score: 2

7:42pm Tue 15 Apr 14

A_Level_Perspective says...

I have done some further reading around this issue and it would appear to me, given the imminence of the forthcoming elections and the timing of the release of this date that this looks to me like a badly executed, policitly motivated smeer campaign.
I have done some further reading around this issue and it would appear to me, given the imminence of the forthcoming elections and the timing of the release of this date that this looks to me like a badly executed, policitly motivated smeer campaign. A_Level_Perspective
  • Score: -19

1:17am Wed 16 Apr 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

This faux outrage from the usual suspects is both predictable and tiresome. As any student of 1980s politics will recall, the expression “Black, one legged lesbians against the bomb” (to use it in its entirety) was a response to the rise in PC propaganda from loony left councils which squandered taxpayers’ money on “peace” courses for “wimmin” (as Private Eye called them) and other such nonsense, instead of cleaning the streets and fixing potholes.

It was never meant to be taken literally, and it is highly doubtful that Cllr Davey intended it as anything other than as an ironic observation - a concept not readily understood by the left.

Politicians of all parties would be best advised not to use the youthful indiscretions of their political opponents as a means to point score as it is doubtful whether any of them ever lived such virtuous lives, and never said or did anything they would come to regret in later life.
This faux outrage from the usual suspects is both predictable and tiresome. As any student of 1980s politics will recall, the expression “Black, one legged lesbians against the bomb” (to use it in its entirety) was a response to the rise in PC propaganda from loony left councils which squandered taxpayers’ money on “peace” courses for “wimmin” (as Private Eye called them) and other such nonsense, instead of cleaning the streets and fixing potholes. It was never meant to be taken literally, and it is highly doubtful that Cllr Davey intended it as anything other than as an ironic observation - a concept not readily understood by the left. Politicians of all parties would be best advised not to use the youthful indiscretions of their political opponents as a means to point score as it is doubtful whether any of them ever lived such virtuous lives, and never said or did anything they would come to regret in later life. Don't Call Me Dave
  • Score: -19

6:46am Wed 16 Apr 14

Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault says...

Many people are tired of PC nonsense and many will appreciate the blend of humour with the common feeling that certain groups are too favourably treated, this is likely to improve the councillor's profile than ruin it! Another smear backfiring. The left don't realise how many ordinary people laugh at 'bad' jokes as they see the bigger point being made.
Many people are tired of PC nonsense and many will appreciate the blend of humour with the common feeling that certain groups are too favourably treated, this is likely to improve the councillor's profile than ruin it! Another smear backfiring. The left don't realise how many ordinary people laugh at 'bad' jokes as they see the bigger point being made. Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault
  • Score: -15

7:10am Wed 16 Apr 14

Rog T says...

David
You know there is more to it than that. It is odd how whenevet there is an election looming the times is always awash withcomments fromsupposed Tory votinglical residents that we never see any other time. Highly suspicious
David You know there is more to it than that. It is odd how whenevet there is an election looming the times is always awash withcomments fromsupposed Tory votinglical residents that we never see any other time. Highly suspicious Rog T
  • Score: 8

8:34am Wed 16 Apr 14

MillHillian says...

In a statement to the Times Series, Cllr Davey apologised for the comments, claiming they were meant to be humorous.
“I realise that they are offensive terms and I regret allowing them to appear.

So the only regret shown over the offensive comments is “Allowing them to appear”

Cllr Cornelius told the Times Series: “It’s obviously very disturbing and it’s rather sad that the councillor hasn’t come forward and explained themselves.
He added: “The council can do nothing other than report it to the police and it’s for the police to decide if they’re going to take further action.”

Oh sorry, this is his righteous comments on another storey.
In a statement to the Times Series, Cllr Davey apologised for the comments, claiming they were meant to be humorous. “I realise that they are offensive terms and I regret allowing them to appear. So the only regret shown over the offensive comments is “Allowing them to appear” Cllr Cornelius told the Times Series: “It’s obviously very disturbing and it’s rather sad that the councillor hasn’t come forward and explained themselves. He added: “The council can do nothing other than report it to the police and it’s for the police to decide if they’re going to take further action.” Oh sorry, this is his righteous comments on another storey. MillHillian
  • Score: 14

10:48am Wed 16 Apr 14

rony says...

Don't Call Me Dave wrote:
This faux outrage from the usual suspects is both predictable and tiresome. As any student of 1980s politics will recall, the expression “Black, one legged lesbians against the bomb” (to use it in its entirety) was a response to the rise in PC propaganda from loony left councils which squandered taxpayers’ money on “peace” courses for “wimmin” (as Private Eye called them) and other such nonsense, instead of cleaning the streets and fixing potholes.

It was never meant to be taken literally, and it is highly doubtful that Cllr Davey intended it as anything other than as an ironic observation - a concept not readily understood by the left.

Politicians of all parties would be best advised not to use the youthful indiscretions of their political opponents as a means to point score as it is doubtful whether any of them ever lived such virtuous lives, and never said or did anything they would come to regret in later life.
I suspect that Dave comment would have completely different if the said councillor would have spat an anti-Semitic slur. but since he only bother to insult black, lesbian, old women and the poor (as far as we know yet) it's only "ironic" with Dave. unbelievable hypocrisy.
[quote][p][bold]Don't Call Me Dave[/bold] wrote: This faux outrage from the usual suspects is both predictable and tiresome. As any student of 1980s politics will recall, the expression “Black, one legged lesbians against the bomb” (to use it in its entirety) was a response to the rise in PC propaganda from loony left councils which squandered taxpayers’ money on “peace” courses for “wimmin” (as Private Eye called them) and other such nonsense, instead of cleaning the streets and fixing potholes. It was never meant to be taken literally, and it is highly doubtful that Cllr Davey intended it as anything other than as an ironic observation - a concept not readily understood by the left. Politicians of all parties would be best advised not to use the youthful indiscretions of their political opponents as a means to point score as it is doubtful whether any of them ever lived such virtuous lives, and never said or did anything they would come to regret in later life.[/p][/quote]I suspect that Dave comment would have completely different if the said councillor would have spat an anti-Semitic slur. but since he only bother to insult black, lesbian, old women and the poor (as far as we know yet) it's only "ironic" with Dave. unbelievable hypocrisy. rony
  • Score: 7

11:29am Wed 16 Apr 14

rony says...

rony wrote:
Don't Call Me Dave wrote:
This faux outrage from the usual suspects is both predictable and tiresome. As any student of 1980s politics will recall, the expression “Black, one legged lesbians against the bomb” (to use it in its entirety) was a response to the rise in PC propaganda from loony left councils which squandered taxpayers’ money on “peace” courses for “wimmin” (as Private Eye called them) and other such nonsense, instead of cleaning the streets and fixing potholes.

It was never meant to be taken literally, and it is highly doubtful that Cllr Davey intended it as anything other than as an ironic observation - a concept not readily understood by the left.

Politicians of all parties would be best advised not to use the youthful indiscretions of their political opponents as a means to point score as it is doubtful whether any of them ever lived such virtuous lives, and never said or did anything they would come to regret in later life.
I suspect that Dave comment would have completely different if the said councillor would have spat an anti-Semitic slur. but since he only bother to insult black, lesbian, old women and the poor (as far as we know yet) it's only "ironic" with Dave. unbelievable hypocrisy.
I'm sorry for this comment Dave, it is pointless as well as stupid. my only excuse is that i was too **** off with that davey thing.
[quote][p][bold]rony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Don't Call Me Dave[/bold] wrote: This faux outrage from the usual suspects is both predictable and tiresome. As any student of 1980s politics will recall, the expression “Black, one legged lesbians against the bomb” (to use it in its entirety) was a response to the rise in PC propaganda from loony left councils which squandered taxpayers’ money on “peace” courses for “wimmin” (as Private Eye called them) and other such nonsense, instead of cleaning the streets and fixing potholes. It was never meant to be taken literally, and it is highly doubtful that Cllr Davey intended it as anything other than as an ironic observation - a concept not readily understood by the left. Politicians of all parties would be best advised not to use the youthful indiscretions of their political opponents as a means to point score as it is doubtful whether any of them ever lived such virtuous lives, and never said or did anything they would come to regret in later life.[/p][/quote]I suspect that Dave comment would have completely different if the said councillor would have spat an anti-Semitic slur. but since he only bother to insult black, lesbian, old women and the poor (as far as we know yet) it's only "ironic" with Dave. unbelievable hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry for this comment Dave, it is pointless as well as stupid. my only excuse is that i was too **** off with that davey thing. rony
  • Score: 5

9:58am Thu 17 Apr 14

lucyd256 says...

This is actually hilarious - Labour clearly desperate to get some "dirt" on a Tory, then rush to have it printed without realising most people get that type of humour, irony and sarcasm! Oops perhaps have another go Labour...nice try!

p.s. could have got a more up to date photo of Cllr Davey!
This is actually hilarious - Labour clearly desperate to get some "dirt" on a Tory, then rush to have it printed without realising most people get that type of humour, irony and sarcasm! Oops perhaps have another go Labour...nice try! p.s. could have got a more up to date photo of Cllr Davey! lucyd256
  • Score: -19

11:22am Thu 17 Apr 14

Rog T says...

Lucy most people I know find racism, taking the p out of the disabled and jokes about violence against women repulsive. I take it you are a Tory intern commenting here as Part of the campaign, as always happens during elections. Cllr Davey this week denied making such comments in an email to a disabled rights campaigner. Do you agree with politicians lying?
Lucy most people I know find racism, taking the p out of the disabled and jokes about violence against women repulsive. I take it you are a Tory intern commenting here as Part of the campaign, as always happens during elections. Cllr Davey this week denied making such comments in an email to a disabled rights campaigner. Do you agree with politicians lying? Rog T
  • Score: 16

10:28pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Gobby Robby says...

I'm not surprised he's so embittered, he looks like a virgin to me.
I'm not surprised he's so embittered, he looks like a virgin to me. Gobby Robby
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Barnet Parker says...

I see Mrs Angry and the Barnet Eye are both reporting that Davey's ward, Hale, had double the amount spent on their Highways than the previous year. In the meantime Colindale had nothing spent on it.

If Davey doesn't think he should pay taxes towards unemployment benefit how does he justify my Council Tax going towards his highway repairs while my pot holes go unfilled.

Hypocrite!
I see Mrs Angry and the Barnet Eye are both reporting that Davey's ward, Hale, had double the amount spent on their Highways than the previous year. In the meantime Colindale had nothing spent on it. If Davey doesn't think he should pay taxes towards unemployment benefit how does he justify my Council Tax going towards his highway repairs while my pot holes go unfilled. Hypocrite! Barnet Parker
  • Score: 7

7:55pm Thu 8 May 14

Cadwallader says...

On the suggestion that this is a pre-election smear; well it might be.

Thing about that is, he made the bullets for others to fire. Pointing out instances of casual bigotry, made in a public forum for all to see, on the eve of an election, might also be called a public defence of basic decency.

If you don't want to get smeared, don't do it in your pants.
On the suggestion that this is a pre-election smear; well it might be. Thing about that is, he made the bullets for others to fire. Pointing out instances of casual bigotry, made in a public forum for all to see, on the eve of an election, might also be called a public defence of basic decency. If you don't want to get smeared, don't do it in your pants. Cadwallader
  • Score: 3

8:14am Fri 9 May 14

Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault says...

I struggle to see how these comments are actually taking the mick out of the groups of people he mentioned. He's not saying black or disabled people are so-and-so's, he is implying they get an easier ride, which he has the right to say whether he is right or wrong or whether we like it or not.
I struggle to see how these comments are actually taking the mick out of the groups of people he mentioned. He's not saying black or disabled people are so-and-so's, he is implying they get an easier ride, which he has the right to say whether he is right or wrong or whether we like it or not. Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault
  • Score: -7

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