YORK councillor and former Lord Mayor Dave Taylor has apologised for causing offence after welcoming the death of World Cup winner Jack Charlton…
Quite agree with the letter.For those of you wishing to complain about the conduct of Mr David Taylor to York City Council regarding his comments about the late Jack Charlton, feel free to send the below letter to email@example.com as per their procedure.
As always your communication should be respectful but firm we do not need to sink to the level of Mr Taylor to make a point.
To be emailed to...
Dear Sir or Madam
I wish to bring to your attention the conduct of one of York City’s Councillors on social media over the past 48 hours. Mr David Taylor has over the past few days made a series of disgusting and derogatory posts regarding the passing of Jack Charlton, who was well known within the Fieldsports community and Leeds City Football club.
As I understand the situation Mr Taylor has made at least three awful posts
“Jack ‘Bloodsports’ Charlton has died. Good.”
“Jack ‘Bloodsports’ Charlton has died. Sick of the adulationof this animal-abuser. Being good at kicking a leather football around does not absolve him.”
The third which is reported in by York Mix News as a response to a comment from someone accusing Mr Taylor of being disrespectful to which he replied
“I didn’t advocate being cruel to him (Charlton), I just don’t think he should be lauded as some sort of hero. **** him.”
As a member of the Fieldsports community I find the comments of this individual highly repugnant and offensive not only to the Charlton family but also to the wider community. While I accept that the issue of fieldsports is divisive within the community and brings out strong emotions on both sides, to display such disgusting behaviour at a time like this shows Mr Taylor in his true colours and they cast a dark shadow over York City Council.
According to Section 5 Codes of Conduct 5A Members’ Code of Conduct I wish to file an official complaint against the action of Mr Taylor as I believe that he has breached the following sections of the General Duties as to Conduct
3(1) You must treat others with respect
3(3) You must not bully or intimidate any person, or attempt to bully or intimidate them.
3(7) You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as brining the Council into disrepute…
The examples detailed above show that Mr Taylor has failed to treat either the late Mr Charlton, his family or those who disagreed with his (Mr Taylors’) comments with any respect. The fact that that there have been a number of posts on this subject from Mr Taylor I would argue shows some attempt to bully. Finally, this whole sorry saga has clearly brought the Council into disrepute with the people of York, the Charlton family, Leeds United Football Club and the Fieldsports community. I trust that on consideration of the evidence that the individual concerned will be investigated and disciplined to the fullest extent possible under the council’s disciplinary procedures.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this complaint and I look forward to receiving an acknowledgement of it from you in the next five working days as per the agreed procedures detailed in your document Complaints about the ethical conduct of Councillors.
Although I think it would probably have more impact if you don't identify yourself as a supporter of fieldsports. Taylor's comments are quite sufficient to cause offence to just about anyone, regardless of their stance of fieldsports, and I think that a letter that doesn't come with an overt pro-fieldsports agenda would actually be more powerful in calling out his behaviour.Quite agree with the letter.
We won't mind if you change it to suit yourself when you send it Charlie.Although I think it would probably have more impact if you don't identify yourself as a supporter of fieldsports. Taylor's comments are quite sufficient to cause offence to just about anyone, regardless of their stance of fieldsports, and I think that a letter that doesn't come with an overt pro-fieldsports agenda would actually be more powerful in calling out his behaviour.