Labour Council Candidate Suspended After ‘Vile’ Podcast
The real nasty party strikes again. A prospective Labour councillor has been suspended due to his participation in a ‘vile’ podcast.
Daniel Cowan had been selected by Labour to stand in May’s local elections for Blenheim Park ward in Southend West but has now been suspended due to his involvement in the ‘Goonersphere’ podcast.
The offending material has been taken down but it allegedly included racial, homophobic and misogynist material. A compilation video of the most offensive content has since been published on Vimeo and branded “potty-mouthed sexism, racism and bestiality”. In one item a host announces a welcome to “our token brown friend”. The site, which also contained references to sexual activity with the elderly has been unsurprisingly reported to police by Southend Conservatives.
Mr Cowan attempted to defend himself:
“At this moment I’m not a candidate of Blenheim, not until this is investigated. It was a comedy podcast. Not everyone shares the same sense of humour.
“Some people might find it offensive and distressing and I apologise, but the podcast came with a heavy disclaimer and people listened at their peril.
“This has been highly edited. There was more than 100 hours of content. Jokes references to the elderly, these types of things came with a lot of context.
“Is it crude? Yes. Is it offensive? Yes. But no more so than content of programmes which you regularly hear on Channel 4.”
I can’t help but think that comment says more about the content of Channel 4 than it serves as a viable defence for Mr Cowan. Either way, we can once again see who the real nasty party are.