As many times as it takes apparently...
Mail. (usual caveats)
A local councillor has been suspended for posting a comment on Facebook comparing Muslim children wearing burkas to bin bags.Tbh I found it funny, however as a Councillor he should have known what would happen next when the multiculti humourless you're a racist cos you're white brigade get involved being offended in proxy for everyone wearing a burka.
Chris Joannides also messaged friends during meetings with his constituents asking for updates on football scores and complaining about missing his favourite television programmes.
The Conservative councillor for Enfield, in north London, has denied being Islamophobic and defended his comments as 'blokeish banter'.
Mr Joannides posted a photo showing a woman and child dressed in burkas standing next to two bin bags.
He wrote underneath: 'I saw her standing there and I told her she had three beautiful children. She didn't have to get all p***ed off and threaten me. It was an honest mistake!'
Local resident Samantha Cox said: 'His comments might seem harmless, but they are incredibly offensive.Which suggests Samantha Cox needs a humour transplant too. Though perhaps she didn't see the picture, or is one of those people who believe that criticism via humour is racist/sexist/islamophobic.
'He is comparing bin bags to Muslim children and that cannot be right, "blokeish banter" or not.'
No doubt Mr Joannides will utter a suitable apology (forced) and have this thrown in his face every so often by the opposition. But sadly another blow against freedom of speech will have been eroded again by those who get offended in our name...