Dickson lodges complaint over tasteless tweet by Sammy Wilson

Alliance Chief Whip, Stewart Dickson MLA, has lodged a complaint in the Assembly over an online comment made by the DUP’s Sammy Wilson after he was questioned by the Assembly for referring to Jim Allister as a ‘thug’ during a meeting of the Social Development Committee.

Sammy Wilson was criticised for writing this post on Twitter on Friday:’Interrogated at behest of Assembly jihadists by watchdog D Bain for being nasty to J Allister. Starting free speech campaign: Je Suis Sammy’

Mr Dickson has said that this remark was in bad taste as it compares this investigation to the recent murders in Paris.

Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This remark by Sammy Wilson is extremely tasteless given the 17 people who were murdered in Paris and the ongoing threat by Islamic State in the Middle East. The ‘Je Suis Charlie’ phrase became the global response to the despicable scenes in France, so for Sammy Wilson to make his own version for a relatively trivial matter is disrespectful to those who lost their lives at Charlie Hebdo.

“I hope that he will retract this remark and apologise for the offence that he has caused. As an elected representative he should be mindful of what he says. Politicians should be held to the highest standard.

“I have raised this matter in the Assembly and have written to the Speaker and Assembly Standards Commissioner, as well as the Speaker of the House of Commons, as Mr Wilson is also an MP.”


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