A councillor has apologised for using the word “mong” in a message posted on her Twitter site.Given the furore that surrounded the Ricky Gervais kerfuffle, yes, she almost certainly was. And I’m not too sure what poor Eddie Jordan had done to deserve it anyway:
Julia Bricknell, a Liberal Democrat councillor for Abingdon Dunmore on the Vale of White Horse District Council, admitted she had been “naive” to use the word.
Miss Bricknell tweeted the message to her 43 followers, which include former Oxford West and Abingdon MP Evan Harris, on Saturday.43 followers? She must be VERY new to Twitter!
In the post she said: “Eddie Jordan is a mong.”
Last night Miss Bricknell apologised and removed the message, claiming she did not know the true meaning of the word.And there it should end, as even her political rivals concede:
Miss Bricknell said: “I have been completely naive and I did not realise what it meant. I apologise to you and anybody that has seen it.
“I genuinely did not know what it meant. It was something I had heard between some friends of mine and thought it meant somebody silly.
“I would never intentionally say something like that.”
Leader of the Conservative-run council, Matthew Barber, said the incident showed public figures should be careful about what they publish online.But of course, for some, this is never, ever enough.
Mr Barber added: “I think it goes against what many of their (Lib Dem) supporters might expect of them.
“If she takes it down and apologises I think everyone will understand it was an unfortunate throwaway comment.”
…Paul Scarrott, from Oxford disability campaign group My Life My Choice, said it did not matter that she did not know what the word meant.So, there you go, potential public representatives and others in the public eye; if you don’t want to run the risk of being a ticket to some free publicity for one of the many, many Legions Of The Perpetually Offended, don’t leave home without this:
He said: “It should not let her off the hook. She should have looked it up in the dictionary.”