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A councillor who called for the legalisation of euthanasia to cut the number of children in care is being pressured to resign.


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Elisa M (93)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 9:25 pm

Last updated at 17:19pm on 27th March 2008

A councillor who called for the legalisation of euthanasia to cut the number of children in care is being pressured to resign.

Tory Hugh Jackson made the remark during a council meeting about the number of vulnerable youngsters being looked after by the local authority.

Now calls are being made for him to resign after he suggested euthanasia as a solution during the meeting of North Tyneside Council's finance sub committee.

He was responding to information that 43 youngsters in North Tyneside are cared for in other local authority areas, putting a financial strain on the council to the tune of 3.4 million a year.

Mr Jackson, who represents Monkseaton North ward, said today he regretted making the comment but refused to resign.

He added: "It was misplaced humour, one of those things I wish I had not said.

"As soon as I said it I wished I hadn't, it should never have been said.

"We were discussing some of the expensive bits of the budget and one of those is children looked after out of the borough.

"I said have we looked at other policies and said something along the lines of 'have we thought about euthanasia?'

"The chief executive of the council was there and said I should apologise and I was happy to do so because I should never have said it in the first place."

Mr Jackson and his colleagues were discussing the recently announced budget at a meeting last week.

It emerged North Tyneside Council is paying 3.4m a year to other councils to house the looked-after children.

Children who come into that category include those with issues at home and youngsters with special needs.

Despite the councillor's apology, North Tyneside's Labour Mayor, John Harrison, today called for him to resign.

He said: "It is disturbing that Councillor Jackson felt he could make this type of disgraceful comment.

"His solution to the issue about looked-after children with complex needs shows a complete lack of humanity.

"Councillor Jackson may have apologised but I believe he should take an honourable course of action and resign now.

"If he refuses to do the decent thing and go then it is up to his party to sack him."

But Mr Jackson said: "I'm not going to resign, I think it's out of order to say I should.

"I work on a project which visits care homes making sure they are working properly so it's something I care about."

Chair of the finance sub committee, Tory councillor Michael Mcintyre, said the comment was meant as a joke.

He said: "It was an off-the-cuff remark intended to be humorous but unfortunately it was interpreted in the wrong way by some people present.

"He has apologised and this is a storm in a teacup."

It comes just one day after a Tory councillor resigned after suggesting parents on benefits should be sterilised.

John Ward was suspended from the Conservative group on Medway Council in Kent over the comments made on his personal website.

Mr Ward, 58, admitted his comments had been "unfortunately" worded.

A North Tyneside Council spokesman said: "As a council we're committed to work to reduce disadvantages, discrimination, and inequalities of opportunity, and to promote diversity in terms of the people we serve, our workforce, the partners we work with and the services we deliver.

"A comment has been reported to the chief executive and is subject to an internal investigation with a view to being referred to the Standards Board For England."

Frank Lott, Labour group leader, said: "Councillor Jackson's reference to euthanasia is despicable.

"Some have tried to pass this off as an off-the-cuff, humorous remark. If so, this is particularly sick humour and has no place in the council. And neither, for that matter, does councillor Jackson."


Glenda P (82)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 9:35 pm
What a shocking thing to say. He sounds like a Nazi, the first people they killed were the disabled.

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 2:52 am
If this really was "misplaced humour",
then at best Mr. Jackson has a damned-
poor sense of "humour".
At WORST, this man is a monster-waiting
-to-happen, and has no place in public
Thanks, Elisa.

Sunday March 30, 2008, 2:58 am
Noted. The man is mentally ill and should be locked up for .....about 99 years.

Nancy Gray (35)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 5:41 am
As soon as I saw this, I thought immediately of "A Modest Proposal" and after reading this, I'm sure it's much the same thing. Sorry to say, even though the coment is dreadful and should be apologized for (which he did) I believe the man should not be hung out to dry on this comment alone. Better to go after the b******s who are actually doing evil to children than ones who have a stupid moment! There is a form of humour, yes, sick humour, often used by the people you would least expect to use it, to relieve the high levels of stress of dealing with intensly difficult circumstances. "Mash" was a good example of that in war... doctors, nurses, emergency room crews, etc. In my opinion I can accept and understand it being used more than the so-called humour of those who pay to be "entertained" by those who ridicule others with cruelty and claim "its all in fun...don't you have any sense of humour" when anyone like me objects. I plead guilty of using this man's kind of humour once that I recall, and believe me I sure wished I could suck the words back before they were out of my mouth! Here's the story... on an airplane with a baby that never stopped crying the entire trip across country... must have been really suffering I suspect. I felt so sorry for baby and mom who really was trying everything to quiet the baby, to no avail. Well people were saying incredible ugly things about the mother and the they shouldn't be allowed to fly, and what kind of mother didn't know how to calm her baby, and getting uglier by the minute. I could see the poor mom and she was absolutely cringing. As we were standing, waiting to deplane, with baby still crying and mother still trying her best to calm the baby, even more people joined in bitching about the mother and baby.... I suddenly blurted out... "Hey, why don't we just get a baseball bat and smash them. That will shut them up..." Some people nearby who must have known I was being sarcastic out of frustration with the whiners, not the poor baby and Mom, laughed. The others turned their anger and venom from Mom and baby to me being horrible to suggest such a thing and boy were they vocal about what they'ld like to do to me! Did I mean it? Hell NO! Was I sorry to say it...Hell Yes! But so-called nice people get so mean sometimes that...well, I would just like to know what so-called nice people were saying about those kids before this guy came out with what he said. I wouldn't be surprised to learn he'd simply had "enough" of their barely veiled cruelty and responded. If you don't know the essay, "A Modest Proposal" I recommend it as a way to understand one way of making a point. (I think Jonathan Swift wrote it...senior moment strikes again!)Thanks for the story Elisa... I enjoyed it, and the chance to vent a bit!!!

Nancy Gray (35)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 5:45 am
I'm back... here it is:
Remember you are reading Satire...else I will not be held responsible for anyone exploding! And yes the author was Jonathan Swift.

Anita W (14)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 7:14 am
Misplaced humor has no place in politics.

Karen Weils (47)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 9:08 am
This is very disturbing, I can't even believe that a person could ever suggest a horrible thing...Outright sick as heck !!! What another Hilter !!I am mad as the dickens just reading about this many today in this world of ours are abused, tormented and suffering...This isn't something we should put up with at all....Things do happen and somtimes spoken words are dangerous, like a mighty sword ...As I was taught think carefully before you speak you could find yourself regretting those spoken words ..

daniella r (76)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 2:49 pm
It starts with a joke , trying to get a feel of the publics opinion , and before you now it , its happening.Can't these kids be adopted?
That will safe money, also on IVF.If you wan't a kid adopt one, instead of making a baby in a test tube!!!

Gregory A Reece (4)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 3:16 pm
Bush and company just starts war it does the same

Eleanor B (909)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 4:01 pm
Children in care are the most vulnerable people in this country along with the youngsters who have to live on the streets. There is nothing funny about their situation. This man should hang his head in shame and if he does not resign he should be kicked out. No one with such an attitude should have power in any way over other people - especially children. We don't want death squads here.

Pamela Salomon (255)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 4:45 pm
This guy is out of his mind. What a wacko!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 4:51 pm
People in government should think before they open their mouth , what a terrible thing to say .

Elisa M (93)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 5:18 pm

Thanks to all :)

Nancy, thank you for your comment. I will visit the link. [BTW, I would have laughed with you on that plane]

I did take into consideration that his comment was most likely made in jest-- HOWEVER, he used very poor judgement in making such a statement. This man is involved in government, he has a responsibility to the people, to make such a suggestion was so very odd. I think you should resign. We do not need such persons working in government, let alone making decisions for the people!

Remember Hitler!

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 5:45 pm
Why is this cretin 'being pressured to resign'?...What's wrong with a good old sacking?...

Elisa M (93)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 8:03 pm

...sacking works for me...

Penelope P (222)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 9:10 pm
Swiftwas responsible for the welfare of many people in Ireland being one of the highest ranking members of the church administration there.
What Nancy does not mentuion is that he wrote what looked like a serious pamphlet advocating cANbalism as a meanws of saving both childrena nad their mothers who would in the natural course of events have died from starvation.
It suggests the real profits to be had from paying their mothers to raise the kida and slitting their throats at the age of four and selling the bodies as luxury food items on the English market as England had stripped Ireland of anything else saleable.
Perspma;;y I agree with Nancy- If the remark was humerous it may have been a good one in context- Sometimes black humour can be a way of making people aware of what is going on- Look at the film "THe Mouse that Roared" or "Life the Universe and Everything " Or "Life of Brian"
Since we do not know I do not think we have the right to make aspersions
Thankyou Bisa fro raising the question though

Hans L (958)
Monday March 31, 2008, 5:05 am
Japan, Canada, China, Bali India, Australia , Bahamas, and now the United Kingdom? Are there any normal countries on Ihis planet?
I had never expected things like this in a country like the UK!

Proud to be European? Proud to be green? Proud to be human!

John Davis (0)
Monday March 31, 2008, 2:02 pm

John Davis (0)
Monday March 31, 2008, 2:09 pm
To keep up with this story there is a blog at

Jackson has been forced to resign, but his supporters are still holding public office on the council.

Margaret Trainor (61)
Monday March 31, 2008, 2:12 pm
I agree with Nance Grey...while not a smart thing to say I am sure he was trying to be funny. Sometimes while trying to figure out dire problems our mouths talk before our brain checks in ...can happen to the best of us ....
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