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Tory councillor suspended for six months over gay porn images

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  1. Ha ha ha!

  2. Well, he seems a bit old to be a porno star but I don’t really understand why he was suspended. Personally, I think he should be promoted especially if his photos are sexy…lol.

  3. I smell bs…Where was he when someone was downloading porn to his computer? Why didn’t he alert anyone or delete them rather than being caught with them? Where was he during this whole debacle? In the bathroom getting to know his right hand I reckon.

  4. Sounds about as feasible as the old “I was doing some research for a book” explanation.

  5. You lot are such a bunch of hypocrites. Had it been a leftie social worker, you would have been blithering on about ‘human rights’ and ‘privacy issues’.

    As it stands, the computer is not his, and he signs an agreement when he is given the device to abide by the IT standards, the same as almost all companies. Porn is unacceptable on work machines, gay or straight.

  6. Why has he been suspended?

    OK so he (or someone else) downloaded these pictures. But unless he mailed them to his colleagues I don’t think having some porno pictures is any worse than downloading the racing or football results, or downloading some nice Nigella recipes.

    I smell prudishness. Porno pics are judged more harshly than football pics at work for some reason, but so long as they are kept private then what’s the harm.

  7. Er, why is this “gay” news exactly?

  8. David: he’s actually been suspended for being lax with computer security, since an independent investigation concluded the pictures weren’t his. This is actually completely reasonable, since as a councillor he probably has access to quite a lot of private information about the residents of Blackpool.

    And I don’t know why this is considered gay news either…

    1. No, they were not proven not to be his.. they were unable to prove who downloaded them. To me, it seems rather fishy though. He’s recently separated from his wife, and all of the sudden there is gay porn on his work laptop? The article states that he didn’t have possession of the laptop for two weeks, didn’t he need his work laptop in that time frame?

  9. friday jones 22 Feb 2011, 10:15pm

    They’re Councillors, they don’t even need to know how to read and write, let alone require a computer to perform their primary function, namely knee-jerk reactionary voting.

  10. For his sake, I hope any secret gay lovers don’t come out of the woodwork.

  11. The porn, whether it had been gay or straight, is irrelevant to this story. He was suspended for allowing some third party to use his laptop. Suppose it had contained confidential information: letters from constituents, or sensitive council documents?

    Were it simply a case of him feeling randy and wanting to download some porn, this would be far less of an issue. I doubt it would have ever have become public knowledge; far less resulted in his suspension.

  12. why is porn unacceptable? A normal healthy man (gay or straight) would have some on his laptop. It s natural and human. Which means he could be a fine politician. Instead we prefer a hypocrite, a liar , a depressed and unhappy human being, expected to serve well the community? ahhh the torries

  13. That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.

  14. bp : “why is porn unacceptable?”
    Because it’s not his fcuking laptop, you cretin.

  15. So…I see two groups of people in the comments so far. One group saying “There’s nothing wrong with storing porn on a ‘state’ computer” and the other saying that he was suspended because a third party determined it wasn’t his porn.

    From my read of this story, the origin of the porn is unknown. His CLAIM is that someone else did it and he left the laptop unattended for two weeks at the home of his ex-wife. He could have been suspended for inappropriate use of public infrastructure, or he could have been suspended for carelessly allowing “someone” to use a computer linked to town council resources. Either way, he deserved to be suspended.

    Having porn on a laptop that belongs to a business or the government is generally a bad idea. Why didn’t have just have an external drive at home for porn? Or only view porn online. In these cases it is less likely that there will be some big controversy. But bringing those images/videos to the workplace (as he undoubtedly did since they were on the laptop) just sets yourself up for disaster.

    I do use my company laptop (at home) for viewing pornographic materials. I do so in the most careful way – ensuring that there are no links in History, no cached images, nothing of the sort. The only time there is porn on the laptop is when it’s being viewed, and it isn’t stored there afterwards. That’s not to say that my company doesn’t have a program that logs everything I do, but I don’t view porn from work and I don’t have the images/videos available while I’m at work…so they would have to be following me during my “off” time, which I consider to be questionable.

    I do feel that it’s unlikely that his ex-wife or some acquaintance of her’s decided to download thousands of images. I also find it hard to believe that there is no way of verifying his story. Last time I checked, each file has a date upon which it was created and that information is attached to the file’s information, easily accessible. If the images come into existence during the two weeks in question, his story is more plausible, but if they have been accumulating for years…well…they wouldn’t publish that detail, would they?

  16. “I do feel that it’s unlikely that his ex-wife or some acquaintance of her’s decided to download thousands of images.”

    That is perhaps the most naive interpretation of how a marriage ends – particularly if it turns out one of them is gay! You don’t think people are filled with spite in the aftermath of a break-up?

    6 months is a bit harsh for what is effectively unauthorised use of a computer by a third party. The password should have been less guessable, but it still doesn’t mean the laptop was freely given to family members for personal use (a legitimate use under many business and local authority IT policies, albeit not for porn).

  17. Wally M Abs 24 Feb 2011, 12:50pm

    I wonder if he will receive the same treatment if Heterosexual Pornographic materials were found instead , Or would it be consider normal and just a “Stress Relief” ???
    Beside Mr Renwick went to an over drive Defensive mood when they found those photos , WHY ??? Is it that horrible if people think one’s is gay ???!!!!

  18. Wally M Abs “I wonder if he will receive the same treatment if Heterosexual Pornographic materials were found instead?”

    The answer is a simple ‘yes’.
    Any IT department with any common sense issues a terms and conditions contract, along with terms of employment contract that states that no indecent material be downloaded or stored on it’s computers. It’s doesn’t say specifically what, and doesn’t have to. I have seen a number of people sacked on the spot for relatively mild material.

    As usual, idiots like you try to play the homophobia card where there isn’t any.

  19. He tells us that it was NOT his porn?
    Really??

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