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  • "If it is acceptable for africans to call one another the n word, but no-one else can, then why can't a donkey botherer refer to his own as such?
    These sort of comments go on everyday, despite the P.C brigade trying to turn us all in to drones. It sounds as though it was not said with any malice, just humour. we don't all laugh at the same things but he shouldn't need to resign.
    We as a population are currently screaming out for politicians to say how things really are, not be afraid of standing up for us at the risk of ruffling feathers, yet as a total contradiction we stifle and censor thier every action and statement to within an inch of it's life. who in thier right mind is going to want the job before long?
    We hear things like 'theres no community spirit anymore, no great in britain anymore' usually accompanied by references to the war years etc. how P.C were we then? not very. we can't have our cake and eat it so stop whinging about every little thing and lets all deal with the stuff that matters!"
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Blackburn Rovers-supporting politician in bother over 'donkey' remark

REMARK: Coun Simon Blackburn

REMARK: Coun Simon Blackburn

First published in Sport

A Rovers-supporting politician in Blackpool has been urged to resign after branding his own constituents "Donkey botherers" on Facebook.

Councillor Simon Blackburn made the light-hearted remark while watching Premier League rivals Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers battle out the Lancashire derby on Saturday.

The 37-year-old politician, though leader of the Labour group on Blackpool Council, is a life-long fan of Rovers.

The councillor made the remark via his phone and posted it on his Facebook page, as his side went two nil down.

The comment, read: "Oh my actual God...the donkey-botherers are 2-0 up thanks to two of the worst refereeing decisions ever!"

He is understood to have believed it would only be seen by friends.

In fact his privacy settings meant it could be seen by anyone - and it was soon picked up on by Blackpool fans.

The gaffe has been seized upon by rival Tories who have called for him to resign, one source claiming it is a clear reference to: "Having sex with ruddy donkeys!"

Peter Callow, leader of the Tory-run council said: "What an unbelievably stupid, ridiculous, crass thing to say. He's just committed political suicide.

"He has stabbed the people of Blackpool in the back and he needs to resign immediately."

Mr Blackburn, who is up for election in May, is now regretting making the remark.

"I was alarmed to discover that what I had intended to be private comments, made in a very light-hearted way to a friend, have been made public," he said.

"I am hugely proud of Blackpool FC and their supporters, both of whom are a huge asset to the town and I apologise for any offence caused.

"I hope and trust that there will be many more enjoyable meetings between Blackpool and Blackburn in the top flight and I'm horrified that my remarks may have caused offence."

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