Tory Councillor, 49, Suspended After Calling Rioters ‘Jungle Bunnies’ on Facebook

Louise Boyle and Kathy Bailes, Daily Mail (London), August 19, 2011

A Tory councillor has been suspended after he made racist remarks about rioters.

Bob Frost, who is also a secondary school maths teacher, described those involved in disturbances last week as ‘jungle bunnies’ on his Facebook page.

The 49-year-old posted the insult, referring to the riots in London on August 7, less than 24 hours after trouble flared in Tottenham, north London

He had been elected to Dover District Council to represent the Conservative Party in May.

Mr Frost teaches at Sir Roger Manwood’s Grammar School in Sandwich and describes himself as a ‘right-wing libertarian’.

The remark was removed from his Facebook page after he received a phone call from another Conservative party member.

Mr Frost then wrote on Facebook: ‘I have just had a phone call that accused me of racism for my above posting.

‘Looking at the dictionary it would appear that the term jungle bunnies is perjorative [sic] and is a racist slur relating to African-Americans.

‘Needless to say I did not mean to use any offensive racist term and was referring to the urban jungle.’

The councillor, who represents north Deal, added: ‘As for the bunny bit it was originally animals but I thought people might object to me calling fellow humans this so I chose something I thought was innocuous and also cuddly.’

Mr Frost’s apology was also taken down after he received another phone call from a fellow Conservative representative.

The councillor has been suspended from the party and an investigation into the comments has been launched before a panel decides what action to take.

Mr Frost said: ‘What I said was wrong and I apologise unreservedly. I am mortified by the offence that I have caused and have deleted these comments. I am very sorry.’

Councillor Sue Chandler, deputy leader of Dover District Council Conservative Group said: ‘There is no place in our society for this kind of language. We have therefore suspended Cllr Frost from the Conservative Group pending investigation.’

A senior Tory colleague, who declined to be named, described Mr Frost as a ‘idiot’.

Sir Roger Manwood’s Grammar School declined to comment on the matter.

Mr Frost’s Facebook postings have attracted controversy in the past in particular comments he made about single mothers in Dover town centre.

He wrote: ‘Well, being in the Market Square you might ask how all the single mothers congregating with their push-chaired spawn are able to afford both their beer and their tattoos. I have a horrible idea I am paying for both.’

When it was put to Mr Frost that some of those mothers might be from his own constituency in north Deal, he responded: ‘While there is a certain demographic which may well fit the description in North Deal it is most unusual for them to waddle so far from their territory.’

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  • Jeddermann.

    Maybe some English reader can clue us Americans in on this one?

    That term is an import from America?

    America has so much to offer the British?

  • Anonymous

    ‘Needless to say I did not mean to use any offensive racist term and was referring to the urban jungle.’

    Ahem…. Even so, I do believe that the bunnies do belong in the jungle.

    Thank you, thank you… yes, indeed, thank you. (to applause)

    > Will the honorable gentleman please take his seat?

    “Uh, not before asking Mr. Cameron how these impoverished oppressed people, how all the single mothers congregating with their push-chaired spawn are able to afford both their beer and their tattoos. I have a horrible idea I am paying for both.’

    > Will the racist please stop asking obvious questions of the PM please, and take his seat?

  • Blaak Obongo

    Today, Speechcrime will cost you your job. Tomorrow, it will cost you your life.

    Unless we start making a stand.

  • Uncle Bob

    What’s wrong with being honest and accurate? What’s wrong with calling a spade a spade?

  • neanderthalDNA

    Too bad ol’ chap! Gotta get better at your code talk. In this day, recognizing differences in race is the new witchcraft. Gotta be more subtle.

  • Anonymous

    All terms that connote typical black behavior are banned. This control over our language prevents us from quickly summarizing our thoughts of blacks.

  • fred

    His comments on the beer and tattoos were pretty funny. Too bad he had to put his foot in it. Even worse that he had to bow and scrape afterward. If I ever have to go down it will be with a one finger salute.

  • publius

    Just goes to show that the use of a term in the exercise of free speech, is now more onerous in Britain than looting, trashing and burning cars, and destroying massive amounts of property.

  • Anonymous

    He was right the first time. The Brits are wussies and have given in to the colored assault on western culture.

  • Anonymous

    This IS OFFENSIVE!

    I have a very nice bunny in my back yard, and I love seeing him every day.

    Do NOT compare these …whatever they are… to my bunny.

  • Sylvie

    Once again in modern England, someone that makes a rather innocuous comment about a big nasty event (such as the recent riots) that is deemed to be ‘racist’ is a bigger villain that the rioters themselves that caused the real damage!

    Mr Frost said: ‘What I said was wrong and I apologise unreservedly. I am mortified by the offence that I have caused and have deleted these comments. I am very sorry.’

    Don’t bother to grovel…you are already condemned! Don’t be a simpering fool, blurt it all out! Yell out the truth!

    Councillor Sue Chandler, deputy leader of Dover District Council Conservative Group said: ‘There is no place in our society for this kind of language. We have therefore suspended Cllr Frost from the Conservative Group pending investigation.’

    Oh Sue, such language has no place in this / your society, yet people such as yourselves make excuses for the violent rioters.

    Let’s just throw in some comments this hapless counsellor made about single mothers in Dover right at the end of this article just to put another nail in his career, which is now a coffin.

    Lacrimae Mundi.

  • tom

    Not buying it, he knew exactly what he was saying. If you’re going to use racist epithets then you should be prepared to stand by them. Better a racist than a coward.

  • Dave

    This guy is a shmuck. What did he expect? Cameron has suspended and sacked more people than I can remember for making remarks nowhere near as questionable as this one. There is no way around it. To white people ‘Jungle bunny’ has only one meaning.

    Wonder who the saddo was reported him? Black, Asian – or another WHITE? checking in his/her p/c credentials.

    ‘Career ending’ moment indeed.

  • Anonymous

    ‘Looking at the dictionary it would appear that the term jungle bunnies is perjorative [sic] and is a racist slur relating to African-Americans.”

    Since when are Blacks living in Britain “African-Americans”?

  • Dave

    Since when are Blacks living in Britain “African-Americans”?

    Hya anon? I watched Taxi Driver the other night and it was a real eye opener to see a film made before the lies and censorship of political correctness. This film of all films shows blacks running up and down acting manic, throwing things at passing cars, hanging around shopping parades and hassling members of the public; and generally behaving exactly as most of us city dwellers have come to know in real life. Hell, even the armed shooter robbing the store was black. Compare that to nowadays where hardly any film based on crime and violence will dare show a black miscreant because of fear of ‘stereotyping’. Anyway, the reason I’m bringing up Taxi Driver is because that film was made way back in the early 70s and the guy who sells the guns to Travis says the line: I could get 75 dollars for this gun from any jungle bunny in Harlem….’

  • English Tony from NYC

    Mr. Frost: Never apologize, never explain.

  • patthemick

    Well he could join the BNP, I think that party is the best hope for the U.K.

  • What’s genuinely concerning about the Tories (so they say) not knowing that Andy Coulson was still being paid by News International (read; spy for Murdoch) when he was hired by David Cameron to work at No 10 Downing Street is that he could have been in the employ of anybody, Russia, Iran, um, Labour, anyone at all! Aren’t staff at Downing Street supposed to be securely vetted before they can work adjacent to a high-level security environment? It would be nice to see that absurd stuffed shirt Cameron get some serious criticism over this but beyond that it’s just not funny…

  • Anonymous

    Just how many Blacks, Hispanics, and others are ever suspended, or have their accounts closed for making anti-White “Cracka” comments? NONE!

    Don’t you just love the hypocrisy of it all?

  • Anonymous

    Dave #15: I just saw “The Dirty Dozen” and “This is the Army” on Cable. The first had Telly Savalas ask the Major, played by Lee Marvin, if they had to eat with N?

    The second movie had a Minstrel Show, which was a great laugh to watch.