They sure know how to dish it out, but Â when the blowback comes, they squeak like piggies at the abattoir….
COUNCILLORS who refused to honour a Royal Marine veteran at a meeting in Birmingham have been warned they will need “24-hour protection” unless they stand down.
A former soldier, who did not wish to be identified, claimed Respect Party representatives Salma Yaqoob and Mohammed Ishtiaq would require a round-the-clock guard unless they apologised for the snub at Birmingham City Council.
They refused to applaud Afghanistan hero Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher when he visited Tuesday’s meeting of the authority as a guest and to highlight his work with the Royal British Legion.
The snub outraged other councillors and left the ex-soldier fuming. He said: “I know many ex-servicemen who are very angry about this.
“There will be repercussions if this pair are not kicked off the council, they will need 24-hour protection,” claimed the soldier, who said he was speaking for many ex-servicemen.
He feared the action could also play into the hands of the likes of the English Defence League.
Councillor Yaqoob said she had no intention of resigning and was not concerned about the threats.
“I have had support from members of the armed forces who agree with the protest. Our action was not directed personally against that particular soldier. I have no intentions of standing down,” said Coun Yaqoob.
She revealed that she had recently penned a letter of sympathy to the mother of a soldier injured in Afghanistan.
Coun Ishtiaq said he would not be taking the threats lightly and would be seeking police advice.