Colwyn Bay...Conwy councillor uses image of far-right mass murderer to promote Asda meal deal

The comments on the article are all quite clear Tom Maclean needs to step down as a Councillor and From Theatre Colwyn and St Josephs's food bank.

The blogger claims he did not know who the mass murderer was, but someone so active online and politically would no, this is why no one believes him.

He is always posting sarcasm and put-downs online. Horrid little man he is too.

A Conwy councillor has apologised for posting an image of a far-right terrorist to promote a supermarket meal deal. Tom Maclean, who stands as an independent town councillor in Colwyn Bay, posted the doctored picture of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik appearing to hold an advert for the Asda offer.

The original photo was taken when Breivik was on trial over the attacks he carried out in Norway in 2011, which killed 77 people. He was found guilty of mass murder, causing a fatal explosion, and terrorism.

Cllr Maclean's post sparked an immediate backlash, and he even faced calls to be relieved of his duties. @MrsColwynBay on Twitter said: "There are no words, this man needs to be sacked."

Cllr Maclean later posted to say he hadn't realised that the image featured a "pretty ghastly figure" and apologised for any offence caused. He wrote on Facebook: "I was highlighting the £1 meal deal for the over 60's which Asda are rolling out which I think is a good idea in these difficult times. I believe some other supermarkets may be offering something similar.

Anders Breivik killed 77 people in 2011
Cllr Maclean apologised for posting the image 

"My post included a clip art frame which it was subsequently brought to my attention featured a person I have since been told is a pretty ghastly figure. Naturally, once I was made aware of this, I removed the post at once and I apologise for my mistake and any offence caused.

"In life, we live and we learn anew each day. I am very grateful indeed to those who let me know about the clip art.

"Once again I apologise for my error. Have a joyous day one and all."

Speaking to North Wales Live after making his apology, Cllr Maclean said: "There was no one more mortified than I when it was brought to my attention that my post featured this despicable figure. I have unreservedly apologised and I do so again now.

"It was an honest genuine mistake which was mine and mine alone. Had I known beforehand that this notorious figure Breivik was in the clip art I used, naturally I would have never used it.

"I again thank those who drew the matter to my attention. In public life and on social media, we are all accountable for our actions.

"I am sorry for any upset or offence or hurt the post's usage of that image caused. The post itself of course was to highlight an over 60's £1 meal deal which seemed to me to be worth a mention.

"In these dire times for so many individuals and families, when so many struggle to heat or eat, anything that helps in any way, such as these meal deals, is good I feel. With difficult times ahead for so many in our area, I think anything that can help save money could be good.

"That was the substantive point of my post. I do not want my error in use of clip art to overshadow the point the post was trying to make. It maybe will and that too I regret."

Breivik killed eight people with a car bomb in Oslo in July 2011, before shooting dead 69 people, many of whom were teenagers, at a summer youth camp. He was jailed for a maximum of 21 years but applied for parole earlier this year.

During an hour-long speech at the hearing, in which Breivik flashed a Nazi salute, he said he had put violence behind him, offering to give up far-right politics and live abroad if he were released. In its ruling, the court in Telemark in south-east Norway said that it did not trust Breivik's claim that even though his ideology had not changed he would now only promote it through peaceful means.

  1. This man knew exactly what he was doing. For years he has been posting nasty comments online, and has exhibited a sick sense of humour on many an occasion

    • Kick him straight out.

      1. The idiot should resign, obviously not fit or capable to represent his community.

        • I don’t know why anyone would pick a random stranger to advertise a meal deal. Having said that how many would actually recognise this murderer?


      1. What a vile human being, how could he find this funny?

      2. This man's girlfriend was underage when he started dating her, very worrying indeed.


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