A gaff prone Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Councillor has once again put his foot it ““ this time on Facebook.
Ashley Howells, Conservative councillor for Loggerheads & Whitmore, previously described Stoke-on-Trent residents as idle and overweight on social networking site Twitter.
His latest gaff came courtesy of comments made by him on Facebook.
Councillor Howells used the world’s biggest social networking site to describe religion, in particular the Church of England, as a cult.
Councillor Howells commented on a link posted by a Facebook user to a story in the Telegraph newspaper that reports that CofE congregations have halved in the last 40 years.
He said that the demise of the Church of England would remove one more myth based cult.
“quite”¦..however it would remove one more myth based cult”
Cllr Howells comments drew this angry response form another Facebook user.
“Sorry to hijack your message, which I happen to agree with, but I fear that Ashley Howells however has given another reason by which his bigoted one sided views have been revealed.
You would think that a councillor wouldn’t cause offence to a good portion of his electorate and his comments on Twitter have caused him to make public apologies before.”
His previous comments about Stoke-on-Trent forced him to close down his Twitter account.
Will his latest gaff force him off the social networking site Facebook?
“Upon meeting many villagers, we found that the various priorities outlined by me matched their concerns and demands to a very great extent ““ for example, residents want to preserve the rural characteristic of the area whilst enhancing local services such as children/youth facilities and senior citizen activities; local folk see a police presence and rapid response rate as key in preventing crime and reducing the fear of crime; residents of all our villages are concerned about Wind Farm, Quarrying and Methane Gas Drilling threats; highway safety and speeding are worries for many ……
I know that Loggerheads Parish Council, responding to its parishioners via the Parish Plan, wants to plan for an improved village centre and I will continue to work with them and the Borough team to drive the initiative on.
I’ve met many from the various community and parish groups which do such important work for the communities of the rural area and I look forward to working with them to enhance our shared quality of life”.
It would appear that the important role played by churches in community life, especially in rural areas like Loggerheads & Whitmore, is being dismissed by Conservative Councillor Ashley Howells, despite what his blog comments say.
It is obvious that his blog article on the NULBC website misleads the electorate and his true beliefs are hidden behind the words written.
Cllr Howells Facebook comments fail to respect those members of society who a practise their faith and enjoy playing a part in church life.
Councillor Howells comments will offend some members of Loggerheads & Whitmore communities and may well affect his chances at the next election as well as seriously diminishing his chances of being invited to open any church fete in his council ward.