Posted by: rowenawilcox | July 20, 2010

Scientology trends following Councillor’s “stupid” Tweet

Scientology is the topic du jour on Twitter this morning following Cllr John Dixon’s Tweets brandishing the religion “stupid”.

According to Wales’ public standards watchdog, Cllr Dixon is likely to have breached the code of conduct for local authority members with his short messages.

He posted the following Tweet last year: “I didn’t know the Scientologists had a church on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off,” yet, the news appears to have broken this morning.

Following the first comment, a number of Scientologists followed Cardiff Council’s executive member for health and social services to see what else he would post and when Cllr Dixon realised this, he posted: “registered to receive all his Tweets, he posted: “Just realised the Scientologists are following me. Quick everyone, pretend you’re out”.

American science fiction writer, L Ron Hubbard, created the Church of Scientology in the 1950s and it has an A list following with members including:Tom Cruise, Priscilla Presley.

Cllr Dixon, who serves Adamsdown and was first elected in 2004, is contesting the complaint saying he was writing in a personal capacity and has since changed his username from CllrJohnDixon to JohnLDixon.

According to Wales Online who have run the story this morning: “The complaint was made to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales in December last year, nearly six months after the messages were posted on Twitter.

“Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has issued a summary judgement in which he found there is likely to have been a breach of the code of conduct and referred the complaint to Cardiff council’s Standards and Ethics Committee”.

Wales Online have also made clear: “Mr Dixon did not want to comment yesterday and said he would make a statement after the disciplinary process is completed”.

At the moment no date has been confirmed for the committee to hear the complaint against Cllr Dixon.

Click here to read the full article from Wales Online.

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