Candidate in Facebook rant at Wolverhampton 'scum'

A Conservative candidate bidding to be a Wolverhampton councillor described the city as having a ‘disproportionate number of scum’ and claimed people should move somewhere nicer ‘like Syria’.

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Carl Husted

The comments were made on the Facebook account of prospective Tory candidate for Bushbury North Carl Husted.

Mr Husted, who is hoping to replace former council leader Councillor Neville Patten in the seat, went on to say the rest of the city should be abandoned and ‘left to kill one another’ while commenting on a video of an attack near the bus station.

He played down the post as ‘ironic’ insisting anyone with a ‘double digit IQ’ would understand it.

What do you think of Mr Husted's comments? Have your say in the comments below.

Councillor Patten, who is the leader of the Wolverhampton Conservatives, said he has advised Mr Husted’s agents to warn the Tory candidate about his conduct.

The post was in relation to a police appeal which showed a pensioner being assaulted in 2012.

Mr Husted defended the Facebook post, saying: “The first part of that statement is that anyone who attacks a pensioner is scum.

“The second half to the statement is evidently a joke.

“My Facebook profile is public and always has been if people don’t understand the context of what is written and they can see what it is since 2007.

“I’m quite happy that anyone with a double digit IQ would understand it (the Facebook status) as hyperbole or ironic.”

Councillor Patten said: “This was something that was posted 18 months again and at a time Carl probably didn’t think of standing in Bushbury North.

“Wolverhampton is a fine city with fine and welcoming people.

“It has its problems with a few people but as does Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Birmingham.

“I have advised the agents of Carl to speak to him and warn him about situations like this.

“I’m sure there is a part of Carl that does regret what he has said maybe he would be best to put out a statement speaking about this fine city and its fine people.

“Otherwise why would someone want to be elected to the city council? It would allow us all to move on.”

Labour councillor for Bushbury North, Ian Angus, called for Mr Husted to apologise.

He said: “Most people in Wolverhampton will find Mr Husted’s statement deeply offensive.

“We have our problems, like many other towns and cities, but that doesn’t detract from the pride I have in my home city and its citizens.

“It’s an irresponsible statement and I would hope that, as someone who is seeking public office, Mr Husted sees fit to offer a sincere public apology to the people of Wolverhampton.”

Mr Husted has previously been a councillor in Wolverhampton, representing Bushbury North after being elected in 2008.

Comments for: "Candidate in Facebook rant at Wolverhampton 'scum'"

Jason Montgomery

Express and Star are reporting this out of context. I agree with him, people who attack pensioners are scum. The Labour Party should be agreeing with him rather than demanding he apologises. Good luck with the election.

Pat Tchubenko

I'm trying to repost this as the E&S seem unfairly selective about which comments they choose to publish.

Considering this story I've come to this conclusion. This man posted the comment openly on Facebook over 18 months ago and he was clearly really angry about the video of the pensioner being attacked. I have to admit that I found it really upsetting. I suppose that this could possibly even be one of the reasons that he wants to become a Councillor because then he can try to make a difference in the community. I even get his tongue in cheek comment about moving somewhere nicer like Sudan or Syria because it does seem that Wolverhampton is getting worse and worse. Clearly we all read the Express and Star and so none us us can deny that point!

Really I think it comes down to the fact that one man has decided that because he is sick of the horrible actions of an increasing group of our community, that not only is he going to show his hate for such horrific acts by posting about it on social media (which raises awareness within a massive audience) but also he is prepared to give his time and effort to try and make Wolverhampton a better place by trying to join the council.

In my opinion, any person that is supporting the elderly and infirm in our community like this deserves a big pat on the back.

christine.rose.96995

I think he is absolutely correct ,Wolverhampton does have more than its fair share.

i suggest if we want to change Wolverhampton we will have to take it out of politics! join the facebook page its our wolverhampton or tweet @indiwolves to see the new wind of change that is happening, starting in the Park Ward this month!

Compton Girl

I have an IQ of 140 and I can't see anything funny in Mr Husted's post. Every city, town and village in the UK has its scum, but they are only a small minority of the population. I suggest that this fool should be the first to leave the city after such an insult to the intelligence of the good people of Bushbury.

gold and black blood

well he is still here so is he one of the ‘disproportionate number of scum’ being that he has not left ??...i live in bushbury and sorry i wont be voteing for him with views/comments like that...so carl husted why are you still here and why do you want to Represent "scum"??.

funny old world

He's made the mistake of upsetting the scumbags, actually they are most likely Labour babes.

BurnhamChris

David Cameron should insist this idiot never stands again for a Conservative ward

angela.hales.180

Hope Ukip get in.

Boinggobaggies

It's quite obvious from his comments that like most other politicians this man sees the constituency as nothing more than a vehicle to an over inflated pay packet and he actually has very little respect for the residents that live in it.

Yes people who attack old age pensioners are scum but then because people object to him comparing Wolverhampton to Syria and that people should be left to kill each other he does not have the intelligence to keep his mouth shut, and has to go on to suggest people who have different views to him have an IQ in single figures and are effectively idiots.

I can see only one idiot here. The one who can't keep his mouth shut !

Wednesbury Baggie

Firstly, the post was from 18 months ago. As the article states, he may not even have considered becoming a councillor at that point. Secondly, if you read the article, he was standing as a councillor, not for Parliament. Now there may not sound like much difference, both receive an over-inflated pay packet etc, except they don't. Councillors don't hold a constituency, they hold a ward. Councillors don't receive a wage for being a councillor, they get allowances for time and expenses which is generally very little. So yes, maybe he shouldn't have said what he said, but in context, the time of the post/the subject of the post, and the fact that he's standing for a position with very low income, suggests that maybe he is actually standing for reasons other than selfishness.

DavidGrantWolves

He obviously thinks scumbags who attack the elderly are scumbags and has allowed his passion to boil over.

I'm not keen on politicians but I'd rather have ones who have some fire in their bellies. I'd vote for him.

CoRnIsHWoLf

I have little time for the conservatives, but this is the E & S trying to make something out of nothing.

Ill judged & silly maybe, but not what the E & S are trying to make out. The headline reads as if he's called all of Wolverhampton 'scum!'. Clearly that is not the case, as anyone who reads the comments can see..............apart from Compton Girl & her 140 IQ that is.. I do hope the good people of Bushbury see this for what it is, & not something that should insult them in any way shape or form.................unless, that is, you're some of the scum he's talking about

Cllr Stuart Parr

Based on the kind of reaction you would expect if this was a UKIP person, this should be front page news for the Guardian and Huffington Post, an opinion poll should be commissioned to find out if people think David Cameron kicks puppies and steals sweets from babies and of course the entire Conservative Party should be denounced as racist, homophobic, xenophobic and fascist. As he's a Conservative Party candidate though it'll never leave the pages of the local press because it's only newsworthy when it's UKIP.

oldrocker

Still waiting for a reply about UKIP's other policies from a previous thread.

Boinggobaggies

Oldrocker me old chum. We get it.

You don't like UKIP !

Not so much whether I like UKIP or not but I have asked him on three occasions now to tell me what, apart from EU/immigration, UKIP's policies are.

Bullet points would do.

I'll check the papers in the morning, but I think your probably right !

I too

First, the trouble is many of the so called scum bags can not help themselves or need more help than the Toffy Tories are offering.

Second, the most outstanding real scum bag is the person who thinks he is so much better than others in Bushbury ( and Wolverhampton) who he thinks he can represent.

The people who attack pensioners and so-called scum bags the most are often called Tories!

A complete and utter 'a soul' who needs to apologise to all in Wolverhampton. Lets hope he never represents people who he obviously does not understand. Nothing new there then for the Tory Toffs.

No compassion, no sense Twitter tewat.

Usual tripe from FOW again I see, silly billy!

markie

Perhaps he has a point and it is obvious to most people that it is only offensive to the scum. I,ve got at least a doulble digit IQ - I hope! But an IQ of over 140 does not mean you have common sense.

Northwest Wolf

I'm happy to be out of Wolverhampton! Read the context in that. Dead end city.

Woody

I'm Wolverhampton born and bred and remained there until my 40s but moved out of the area seven years ago when it became pretty obvious that Wolverhampton was becoming little more than a toilet. I still work in Whitmore Reans, an area which I would suggest makes Syria look temptingly safe, but the best thing about Wolverhampton now is the disappearing view in mirror as I drive home (with my car doors securely locked)

seaside001

I agree, Woody. I too moved out of the Midlands for the same reason. I would include Walsall also in this article.

I'm afraid that the situation cannot be changed. The key feature of any clean, welcoming and beautiful town/city is its citizens. Citizens who are decent people, have pride in themselves and care for the environment and each other. Such residents do not deal drugs, drop litter, graffiti walls, carry knives/guns, steal cars, fiddle benefits, get drunk in public, abuse public servants or raise their children as thugs.

Good people do exist in Wolverhampton and Walsall but unfortunately there are insufficient of them to make a difference. The whole area has far too many council estate dross areas whose residents are basically feral.

The council could spruce up the city but I would guarantee within one month vertical surfaces would be spray painted and horizontal surfaces would be litter and chewing gum strewn.

Classic example: Walsall erected a fountain and statue. Within a week the fountain was being used for skateboarding and litter and the statue was sprayed. Total waste of time and money.

The brain dead who do this have no pride in their home town or area. Imagine what visitors to the Black Country must think driving past that lot, probably having just past a "welcome to Bilston/Wolverhampton/Walsall sign. This goes hand in hand with litter, chewing gum and graffiti in the streets. Too much social security dross and insufficient decent, law abiding people. My advice to the latter is leave asap and go to a decent area without council estates. The area can then become one large council tip.

Having been burgled twice, I left for a coastal town where there is not a council estate for miles. Total strangers say good morning/afternoon, the last burglary was in 2004. Clean streets, no graffiti or chewing gum on the floor, nobody being mugged, knifed or shot. I only return to visit friends and relatives. Happiness is M6 south and out of the hell hole.

Lakeside

Agree mate. I had to come back here to work and it's just a filthy, brainless toilet of a town. Ditto Walsall.

Ivor

Its a funny old world

This story about the interpretation of what a what a Tory may have said 18months ago, when "someone" goes through the historical accounts gets the vilification of the people

This story about Labour going on a jolly this week to the states has Comments turned off

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/politics/2014/05/05/taxpayers-foot-the-bill-for-stafford-mayors-trip-to-anniversary-event-in-america/

Its good to see such a well balanced outlook

Margaret Hamilton

A typical Tory bigot. Why people vote for these nasty people I do not know. An immediate sacking would be in order here, but thanks to the likes of UKIP bigotry is now the fashion. May the Lord help us all.

Ricky Tee

#itsourwolverhampton Lets get it back off the idiots!

Kev

I see the Express & Labour are on form with this thread and we can comment on it.

What about the Labour scum bags that ruined this country and continue to ruin the Black Country?. Can we start having some dirt digging on them and be allowed to comment too or is Just the Tories and UKIP who get vilified in this impartial paper.

Lakeside

Carl Husted may have been tactless but he's right. In recent weeks I have witnessed the following in Wolverhampton:-

Two people openly urinating in doorways on streets close to the town centre.

People smoking cannabis while walking along Dudley Street.

Litter thrown from car windows.

Cigarette ends thrown on the pavement in front of a police officer.

Two adults, plainly drunk offering alcohol to a child and then throwing the cans on a play area.

Sorry, there are no excuses for these actions, the people who commit them are the social dregs and we are best rid of them.

Poor, unfortunate Syria is far too good for them. A cage on a remote island is the best place, well away from decent people.

oldrocker

And the things you list don't happen in any/every other village, town or city in the UK?

If your answer is no, I'm moving away to one of those places.

If your answer is that they do, then why single out Wolverhampton?

Lakeside

They do happen in other places of course. I am not singling out Wolverhampton, I am agreeing with somebody who chose to do so as a local example of appalling oafish behaviour.

Pat Tchubenko

Right, I've had 24 hours to consider this story and I've come to this conclusion. This man posted the comment openly on Facebook over 18 months ago and he was clearly really angry about the video of the pensioner being attacked. I have to admit that I found it really upsetting. I suppose that this could possibly even be one of the reasons that he wants to become a Councillor because then he can try to make a difference in the community. I even get his tongue in cheek comment about moving somewhere nicer like Sudan or Syria because it does seem that Wolverhampton is getting worse and worse. Clearly we all read the Express and Star and so none us us can deny that point!

Really I think it comes down to the fact that one man has decided that because he is sick of the horrible actions of an increasing group of our community, that not only is he going to show his hate for such horrific acts by posting about it on social media (which raises awareness within a massive audience) but also he is prepared to give his time and effort to try and make Wolverhampton a better place by trying to join the council.

In my opinion, any person that is supporting the elderly and infirm in our community like this deserves a big pat on the back.

Patricia Tchubenko

oldrocker

Carl Husted has previously been a Councillor in Wolverhampton.

ElContador2000

Whilst I can perfectly see the point he was trying to make, his choice of words cannot be construed in any positive way for the vast majority of people in Wolverhampton. If this had been UKIP it would have been spread across the tabloids with as much vitriol as possible. If it was UKIP there would be calls for him to be sacked!