Councillor Richard Denton-White blames his swearing at resident on fact he comes from Portsmouth

Daily Echo: Politician blames his swearing on fact he comes from Portsmouth Politician blames his swearing on fact he comes from Portsmouth

A councillor who swore at a resident during a meeting has blamed his outburst on the fact that he is from Portsmouth.

Richard Denton-White, who sits on Portland Town Council, made the comment during a discussion of plans to put up council tax in the Dorset borough.

The 67-year-old, who grew up in the Portsmouth area of Hampshire, said: ''In Portsmouth, because it's a sub-culture and I think it still exists, people respect each other but if they get disrespect then Portsmouth people are not prepared to walk away from that.

''Basically I was taught that you have to look after yourself and you stick up for yourself.''

He continued: ''I think Portsmouth people are lovely people, they are genuine, but I wouldn't say they are aggressive. If they feel natural justice is not being done, they will react and that means in a fairly forceful way.''

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3:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Outside of the Box says...

Dirty Skate barsteward, fancy swearing at a resident, as he's from Pompey I half expected the report to he robbed the resident as well.
Dirty Skate barsteward, fancy swearing at a resident, as he's from Pompey I half expected the report to he robbed the resident as well. Outside of the Box

3:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

exforester says...

Gosh, blaming your place of upbringing on your behaviour when you're 67 - that's a new one!
Does this mean anyone from Portsmouth who swears at a policeman doesn't get charged, they just cite the Denton-White clause? 'Couldn't help it, Guv'
Gosh, blaming your place of upbringing on your behaviour when you're 67 - that's a new one! Does this mean anyone from Portsmouth who swears at a policeman doesn't get charged, they just cite the Denton-White clause? 'Couldn't help it, Guv' exforester

3:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

pap says...

Get in there. Question Time would be a lot better if four letter words were correctly introduced.
Get in there. Question Time would be a lot better if four letter words were correctly introduced. pap

3:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

RomseyKeith says...

This is hilarious. What an excuse.
And what a scathing insult to the people of Portsmouth. He gets my vote, lol. (Just kidding. Seriously, what a t**t! And in case I get in trouble, I was dragged up somewhere rough too (even though I wasn't)).
This is hilarious. What an excuse. And what a scathing insult to the people of Portsmouth. He gets my vote, lol. (Just kidding. Seriously, what a t**t! And in case I get in trouble, I was dragged up somewhere rough too (even though I wasn't)). RomseyKeith

5:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

southy says...

Poor excuse
Poor excuse southy

5:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

The Mad Dog says...

southy wrote:
Poor excuse
For one, once mind, you're right Southy.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Poor excuse[/p][/quote]For one, once mind, you're right Southy. The Mad Dog

6:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

apm1954 says...

portsmouth and portland should be twinned
portsmouth and portland should be twinned apm1954

7:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Has the old bag re bouncer in her mobility scooter been squared up yet!
Has the old bag re bouncer in her mobility scooter been squared up yet! Fatty x Ford Worker

11:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sparkster says...

You shouldn't blame where you come from for bad language, we have a choice whether to use bad language or not, it's easy to blame other things than yourself and make excuses
You shouldn't blame where you come from for bad language, we have a choice whether to use bad language or not, it's easy to blame other things than yourself and make excuses sparkster

12:40am Sat 1 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

What a pleb
What a pleb Mary80

10:00am Sat 1 Feb 14

The Wickham Man says...

That's fair enough. Anyone seen Australian politics? WE need more of that here.
That's fair enough. Anyone seen Australian politics? WE need more of that here. The Wickham Man

11:51am Sat 1 Feb 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Disgusting he should have his position with drawn the filthy skate
Disgusting he should have his position with drawn the filthy skate RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE

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