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The return of foul-mouthed Sanders
11 April 2006
There was fury last night as it emerged that shamed politician Neville Sanders - whose foul-mouthed views about Northern Ireland were exposed by the Belfast Telegraph - is to run as an official Conservative Party candidate in the upcoming local government elections in England.
Sanders is hoping to be elected as a Tory councillor in Peterborough next month despite being expelled by the party just over two years ago when he said he was fed up paying taxes to cover for the "lazy Irish".
Sanders also offended the family of teenage RIR suicide victim Paul Cochrane - who shot himself at a Co Armagh barracks in 2001 - when he said "soldiers do get killed, that is what they are paid for"........
........During a subsequent interview with this newspaper he said he was fed up paying taxes to cover for "lazy Irish b******s" and added Northern Ireland could "f*** off and run its own affairs".
He also said soldiers have to be "prepared to deal with a bullet".
During the controversy which followed the then Tory Northern Ireland spokesman Quentin Davies said he was "revolted" by Sanders' comments and personally visited the Cochrane family home in east Belfast to apologise......
......A Conservative Party spokeswoman said: "I can confirm Neville Sanders is standing as a Conservative candidate in Peterborough in May."
She went on to say that she believed that Sanders rejoined the party last year but "did not know the specifics of the case".
Originally posted by Odium
Christ, let's castrate the man for having an opinion? Let's be fair, he is allowed an opinion even if it differs to yours, ares, theres.
I'd much rather that we have MPs who do not tow a line, who do not say what their party want and come out and say what they want.
At least then we know what we're getting
rather than the position we're in now.
I presume thats why he also called them lazy. The whole thing blew up in the first place because his initial reply to their request was "soldiers die, its their job".
He got a 2 year ban for it too, even though he had been elected, he's no MP, he's a councillor. Councillors are the least media savvy politicians at the best of times, closest we have to real people in politics (that said, I dont like my local ones, most are small-minded egotistical busy-bodies).