NekNominate: East Lancashire councillors 'must apologise for drinking stunt'

Blackburn Citizen: Jennifer Purcell and Paul White have been blasted by Azhar Ali Jennifer Purcell and Paul White have been blasted by Azhar Ali

A COUNTY councillor has called on two councillors to apologise for taking part in deadly social media drinking game, Neknominate.

County Councillor Azhar Ali is set to launch a campaign to warn youngsters of the dangers of drinking games next week.

And he has called on councillors Paul White and Jennifer Purcell to apologise after they posted videos of themselves downing a pint.

Coun Purcell, a Pendle borough councillor for Barnoldswick, declined to comment yesterday while Coun White, who is a Lancashire county and Pendle councillor, was unavailable.

County Coun Ali, who is chairman of Lancashire County Council’s health and wellbeing board, said: “This game maybe started as a joke but it has gone viral and is now extremely dangerous and five people have already needlessly lost their lives.

“Councillors Paul White and Jennifer Purcell should apologise for taking part in it.

“They may say that they didn’t do anything dangerous but by taking part they have allowed this game to continue and people are dying from it. I hope they will both support my campaign.”

The news comes as the Local Government Association, which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, said prominent messages were needed on the Facebook and Twitter about the dangers of the craze.

The LGA said some schools had asked for warning notices about Neknominate to be put on noticeboards and read out at assemblies.

Last Wednesday, the industry-funded charity Drinkaware called on parents to take a tough stance against the game over fears that young teenagers are under pressure to take part.

Katie Hall, chair of the LGA's community wellbeing board, said: “This is an utterly reckless and totally irresponsible craze which has tragically claimed lives. More should be done to highlight the dangers and persuade people not to participate.

“The LGA is urging Facebook and Twitter executives to sit down with us and discuss a way forward which tackles this issue head-on.” Liberal Democrat leader for Blackburn with Darwen, David Foster said: “Certainly the more we can do to stop people engaging in dangerous behaviour the better.

“Alcohol is a big problem in this area in terms of people being admitted to hospital and so forth so these warnings could help benefit not only the individual but relieve some of the pressures that are put on the health service budget.”

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9:17pm Mon 24 Feb 14

M Foster says...

For Goodness sake, has the bl**dy world gone crazy with all the mamsy-pamsy, politically-correct, busy-body state controlling of what people can say and do these days. People are (or should be) responsible for their OWN actions without constantly having their lives and freedoms imposed on. Do we all want to become slaves/zombies to the all-powerful controller?
If I was them, I would be saying "To H*ll with any apology, butt out, get on with your lives and leave me to mine!" Absolute nonsense.
For Goodness sake, has the bl**dy world gone crazy with all the mamsy-pamsy, politically-correct, busy-body state controlling of what people can say and do these days. People are (or should be) responsible for their OWN actions without constantly having their lives and freedoms imposed on. Do we all want to become slaves/zombies to the all-powerful controller? If I was them, I would be saying "To H*ll with any apology, butt out, get on with your lives and leave me to mine!" Absolute nonsense. M Foster
  • Score: 16

9:19pm Mon 24 Feb 14

M Foster says...

*or peer pressure, I should add, the principle being the same.
*or peer pressure, I should add, the principle being the same. M Foster
  • Score: -3

9:45pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

If they apologise they are wimps, don't do it
If they apologise they are wimps, don't do it Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 6

11:00pm Mon 24 Feb 14

burner says...

Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.
Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down. burner
  • Score: 5

11:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

M Foster says...

burner wrote:
Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.
Glad I'm retired then.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.[/p][/quote]Glad I'm retired then. M Foster
  • Score: 2

8:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

Darren1951 says...

burner wrote:
Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.
Seems to me that the answer's obvious - don't use "social networks" - SIMPLES!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.[/p][/quote]Seems to me that the answer's obvious - don't use "social networks" - SIMPLES! Darren1951
  • Score: 3

8:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

Darren1951 says...

burner wrote:
Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.
Seems to me that the answer's obvious - don't use "social networks" - SIMPLES!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.[/p][/quote]Seems to me that the answer's obvious - don't use "social networks" - SIMPLES! Darren1951
  • Score: 0

9:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

burner says...

M Foster . . . . sincerely, the " you " should probably have been "one" . . it most certainly was NOT personal to your good self.
M Foster . . . . sincerely, the " you " should probably have been "one" . . it most certainly was NOT personal to your good self. burner
  • Score: 0

11:38am Tue 25 Feb 14

colonelsensible says...

Cllr White seems intent on getting himself noticed. This neknominate is the latest in a series of episodes that have seen him have "a stand-up argument" (his words) with developers, and seen his resignation from his local parish council after a row with a fellow councillor. Perhaps a risky choice as campaign manager for the Pendle MP?
Cllr White seems intent on getting himself noticed. This neknominate is the latest in a series of episodes that have seen him have "a stand-up argument" (his words) with developers, and seen his resignation from his local parish council after a row with a fellow councillor. Perhaps a risky choice as campaign manager for the Pendle MP? colonelsensible
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Tue 25 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

Darren1951 wrote:
burner wrote:
Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.
Seems to me that the answer's obvious - don't use "social networks" - SIMPLES!
Or learn how to use social media properly - no-one who isn't directly associated with me can see anything about me on line. It's simply a case of putting the proper privacy controls in place which most people don't bother to do because they're ignorant of it.
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Yes, M Foster, but I can absolutely assure you that GOOD employers nowadays look at Social Media before even interviewing candidates. Some applicants are so unaware, you wouldn't believe it. It's a tough world out there and you need to regard your life-style carefully . . . it might just let you down.[/p][/quote]Seems to me that the answer's obvious - don't use "social networks" - SIMPLES![/p][/quote]Or learn how to use social media properly - no-one who isn't directly associated with me can see anything about me on line. It's simply a case of putting the proper privacy controls in place which most people don't bother to do because they're ignorant of it. rudis_dad
  • Score: 0

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