The Mayor of Swindon has been told to publicly apologise for derogatory remarks he made about disabled people. Swindon Council’s standards committee ruled that Nick Martin must make a public apology within the next seven days, after councillors said that they heard him say "are we still letting Mongols have sex with each other?" at a meeting in October 2013.
Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope:
“The Mayor has missed the point, because there are two issues here.
"Of course he should apologise for using this offensive term.
"But this isn’t just about political correctness and using the wrong words.
"Disturbingly, he has insinuated that there is something wrong with disabled people having sex with each other.
"This is about deep-seated ignorance towards disabled people and a lack of acceptance that disabled people have sex lives, which can be just as fulfilling – or unfulfilling – as anyone else’s.
"The Mayor’s public apology needs to acknowledge that it is more than just his words that are at fault.
"And that with his office, comes a responsibility to represent all of his constituents.”