I’m rarely enraged to such an extent that I feel compelled to write a blog post immediately but this is one of those occasions. As an ex-serviceman it has struck a nerve but I feel certain that it will similarly anger other decent men and women who have no particular connection to the armed forces.
Earlier this morning I read news in a post on The Wandering brit blog about an odious, vile little example of human life who goes by the name of Karl Winn. Winn is the owner of WebEurope, a web design company based in Somerset whose client base I dearly hope will soon disappear.
When Winn was approached by a recruitment company looking to place ex-servicemen in work he chose to vent his narrow minded and particularly disgusting opinions.
he would rather recruit ex-drug dealers, convicts and child molesters’ than employ former servicemen or women.
Winn, 60, said he would rather ‘recruit ex-drug dealers, convicts and child molesters’ than employ former servicemen or women.
Why haven’t we heard more about this odious man and his appalling comments before? The Sun have covered it which may account for few believing the story was accurate but sadly it is. Winn’s comments are so disgusting that I cannot allow them to pass without taking some action however small.
I did say I would prefer to offer employment to criminals because they had at least been investigated and brought before the courts to be held accountable for their actions
Win attempts to justify his comments in a press release on his site but he instead digs himself deeper, indeed his attempt to explain his position show him in his true colours. He says “I admit I did say I would prefer to offer employment to criminals because they had at least been investigated and brought before the courts to be held accountable for their actions.” and adds “Contrary to popular sentiment serving in the British Military is not in itself “brave” or “heroic”, and it certainly isn’t in support of “democracy”, least of all ours.”
The Wandering Brit blog has a link to this page, a reverse IP lookup of a selection of companies who use WebEurope’s hosting services. If we were all write to one or two of these companies and alert them to Winn’s comments we may be able to hit him where it hurts, his balance sheet and show him what decent members of the public think of his attitude.
This isn’t an eloquent post by any means, it has been typed whilst I seethe with anger at how we allow people like him to make such comments without recourse. We all have and are entitled to our own personal opinions on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, indeed the war that raged for many years past in Northern Ireland. But most decent people are able to recognise that it is the Government that chooses where our forces operate. To blame servicemen and slander their heroism in such a way is utterly deplorable.