"The Lib Dems have wanted to make a mountain out of"
(Of course, being a whiter than white Tory, you never would have done, eh?. Don't deny your political instincts for underhand behaviour, you're a politician, being a totla cnut comes naturally)
"I didn't actually forward it on myself"
(No, you just signed it, your husband sent it on. I didn't drop those bombs, it was him!)
"An email was innocently sent to me, my husband has equally innocently sent it on and accidentally selected it to somebody else"
(Oh dear, oh dear. If it was innocent, it wouldn't have been an accident, would it. It's racist, it's illegal. You're a councillor, you should know this. Would you care to give me your definition of innocence?)
"There was nothing malicious, nothing nastily intended"
(What's the fuss about then?)
"Likewise I've had many things said [to me] in the past like anybody else that they have found offensive and we have had to deal with it" (sic)
(What, you've been accused of breeding like rabbits and coming to this country solely in order to claim benefits? That's OK then, you know all about racist bigotry).
The dissemination of racist literature is illegal and there is no argument that can justify it and certainly not the one that says it was well meant and that "they" ought to have a sense of humour. More than anything it highlights the blinding arrogance of politicians.
This bit's true. I have also received this email recently, twice, from separate people. The last line says in block capitals "Send this to every British taxpayer you know". I did. Straight back to the two British taxpayers who employed the senders of those emails. Amusingly, they had actually been fuckwitted enough to send them from their workplace using their work email addresses. I just reckoned that their IT people would have found the errant mails sooner or later, so I saved them the bother. Both idiots lost their jobs. I was greatly amused.