Nazi costume councillor suspended

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7914660.stm



A Liberal Democrat town councillor who dressed as a Nazi storm-trooper for a fancy dress party has been suspended by his local party. Sean Aspey posed for photos at his Allo Allo themed 40th birthday party last year and later posted them on Facebook. The issue has caused controversy at Porthcawl town council, Bridgend. Mr Aspey, who is reported to have called the criticism "political correctness," has been contacted for comment. He has faced calls to resign for bringing the Conservative-controlled council into disrepute. Local Lib Dem party chiefs suspended him temporarily while an internal inquiry into the affair is carried out. All images of him appeared to have been removed from the website. But the photographs, showing a grinning Nazi-uniformed Mr Aspey wearing a monocle, had already appeared in a number of newspapers.

The images were taken at the party at a Porthcawl pub in March last year. The event took place two months before he was elected as a Liberal Democratic councillor on the 19 member council. Conservative council member David Deere said today: "I just feel that he needs to consider his position on Porthcawl town council. "This is totally inappropriate behaviour and very offensive." He said council members in general were "all quite appalled". He added: "This is not the standard you expect of someone who holds public office. I think that the general feeling is that he has brought the council into disrepute." Mike Clarke, chairman of the Bridgend branch of the Liberal Democrats, said: "We have taken the action of temporarily suspending Mr Aspey from the party pending an internal inquiry. "We take any allegations of impropriety very seriously and the local party will be looking in greater detail at the situation and coming to a decision on Mr Aspey's future within the Welsh Liberal Democrats. "Of course, we have to act in as fair a manner as possible and within the terms of our own constitution." Mr Aspey was contacted for comment but could not be reached. However, speaking to his local weekly newspaper, the Glamorgan Gazette, he said he believed the criticism was an issue of "political correctness". He said people attending the private party had all dressed as characters from 'Allo 'Allo, which he said was a family programme still shown on television. He added he would understand if he had caused offence wearing the costume along the town's promenade but insisted the party had been private.
What the hell is going on? The comedy Allo Allo quite specifically centred around the Gestapo and the Resistance. Why would anyone be shocked that someone turned up at an Allo Allo themed-party dressed as one of the central characters? Presumably all fancy dress shops will be boycotted for having Nazi constumes, Freddie Starr, John Cleese and Harry Enfield will be prosecuted for insensitive portrayals of nasty Germans and the programme Allo Allo will be banned from the airwaves? It's like having a Vicars and Nuns theme then calling a jihad because it had an anti-Islamic theme.
 

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#3
Doesn't look like a nazi uniform to me - I don't see any 'SS' symbols or death's heads. Could be a load of old touchy-feely, hand wringing, navel-gazing, politically cretinous bollarks - though I could be wrong.
 
#4
'Allo 'Allo took the p1ss out of everyone more or less equally, including the British airmen.

The Gestapo were caricatured differently from the German army.

The Italian was only there so that the p1ss could be taken out of him.

Everyone was depicted as a hilarious buffoon and no harm was done or intended.

If this bloke wanted to replay the fun then so what!!

But then there are certain people who just live to be outraged :)
 
#5
I wonder if we get a rehash of the the weekend reenactors documentary come the next war and peace show at this rate...

I'm going to have to second Ulster_Rifleman, if you're attending an Allo Allo themed party then you're well within your rights to don grey tunic and jackboots and have a bit of a laugh being the most stylishly dressed person there, make the uniform 100% historically accurate however and then yeah its a little over the top.
 
#6
The late Bernard Hepton, who played the part of the Commondant in the tv series "Colditz" remarked that his whole personality changed when he put on his German uniform. He didn't like it very much. You have to admit though, they did look very smart during the last difference of opinion we had with Gerry. :D
 
#7
Councillore David Deere (Conservative) needs a fecking sense of humour injection, dry bumming and told to burgger off!

MIke Aspey (Lib Dem) needs to feck off as well.

A pair of ******* who have no sense of humour.

Sven, Ashie - see you CAN criticise people.

Wonder if there are any piccies of sluts dressed up in short skirts, fishnet stockings etc?
 
#8
DH24 said:
I wonder if we get a rehash of the the weekend reenactors documentary come the next war and peace show at this rate...

I'm going to have to second Ulster_Rifleman, if you're attending an Allo Allo themed party then you're well within your rights to don grey tunic and jackboots and have a bit of a laugh being the most stylishly dressed person there, make the uniform 100% historically accurate however and then yeah its a little over the top.
You don't suppose he hired this uniform do you? He hasn't even got a Wound Badge up. 8)

Stop being so precious :D
 
#9
Suspending this councillor in the name of political correctness is more akin to fascism than wearing a costume at a TV show themed party by my reckoning.

Telling people what they can or cannot wear at there own private functions is something I would expect from a totalitarian regime, not a town council.

POL the outrage bus (Do we have an open topped Mercedes type in feld-grau!)
 
#10
I once got a laugh out of a Jewish film director whilst dressed as Adolf Hitler so I do think they are over reacting somewhat.
 

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#11
A Liberal Democrat town councillor who dressed as a Nazi storm-trooper
Nazi storm-trooper? Must be my eyes, I could have sworn he was dressed as a Wehrmacht Staff Officer (General?) complete with Iron Cross second class according to the ribbon.

Add in the monocle and he's clearly going for Lieutenant Gruber. If this is a private themed party, I really don't see the issue here. As the bloke said, it's not like he was goose-stepping down the High St giving Nazi salutes :roll:
 
#12
Its an Allo Allo party, and thats the uniform of a German General, a Major General I think.

Oh, so all Germans are Nazis?

What a load of bollocks.
 
#14
Welcome to the 'PC World'. This crime was invented due to the Press hounding Price Harry for wearing a similar garb some years ago. Notwithstanding the fact that British media comedy has loved this image for nearly 50 years; Dad's Army, 'Allo 'Allo, Marty Feldmans football comentary, the Two Ronnies etc, etc it is now a crime ranked greater than raping your own children. No one seems to wonder why it is you can hire these costumes in most towns in UK and why we love taking the p1ss out of our European neighbours.
 
#15
Sean’s my local ward councilor, and if he’d stuck these jokes that he’d allegedly made on facebook in their local rag, and sent me an invite to the piss up in the Rose and Crown I might have voted for him.

“On his Facebook page, Coun Aspey describes himself as an “extreme right wing Liberal Democrat” and has also joined two Facebook groups making light of serial killers Fred West and Harold Shipman.
One is called “Fred West Was A Good Builder” and the other “Harold Shipman – Join My New Surgery”. One user on the Shipman page jokes: “It’s a great surgery, free jabs for the over-65s”.
The Fred West site mocks: “Great builder, bit of a drinker, he often told me he could murder some Tenants”
But since he kept quiet, might I suggest he relocates to Island Farm till the fuss blows over – after all, he’s got the uniform for it :wink:
 
#16
western said:
Welcome to the 'PC World'. This crime was invented due to the Press hounding Price Harry for wearing a similar garb some years ago. Notwithstanding the fact that British media comedy has loved this image for nearly 50 years; Dad's Army, 'Allo 'Allo, Marty Feldmans football comentary, the Two Ronnies etc, etc it is now a crime ranked greater than raping your own children. No one seems to wonder why it is you can hire these costumes in most towns in UK and why we love taking the p1ss out of our European neighbours.
Difference being Prince Harry has proven himself to be imune to any sort of prosectution or punishment even in the current PC Culture.

Sadly the rest of us don't have a nan that will banish the boss who dares sack him.

On the topic in question PC Fannies grip my sh1t on a daily basis so excuse me if I leave other people to staff the outrage bus. I'm become very used to having them around telling me what I can and can't do and can and can't say.
 
#17
One of the silliest things I've heard of lately - cannot believe people waste their time whinging about a costume party where the theme was, duh, 'Allo Allo'! Rather like going to a 'Hogan's Heroes' gala and finding no one dressed as Klink, Schultz, Bogarter (or Helga/Hilda - better yet!) etc.

And although the councillor is a semi-public person, he was at a private party, not as he said, goosestepping through the town centre giving the old Hitler salute. :roll:
 
#18
Political point scoring, the rest is bollox, but I am offended - do I get a pay out? :roll:
 
#19
Coming from Porthcawl, you'd think they would have more important things to worry about. Recession mass unemployment, suicide rate, run-down state of the area, drugs, hopelessness, state of the beach.

I think I can deduce from the article who has really brought council into disrepute.
 
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