Northern Ireland Government Minister Sammy Wilson last week hit out at the Belfast City Council for their treatment of innocent Lennox and the treatment the family have been subjected to by the council. In his Belfast Newsletter column Mr Wilson said in relation to Lennox’s seizure by Belfast City Council;
“Is this just another manifestation of the direction public authorities are moving? Go for easy targets because that is the way to make statistics look impressive.”
Mr Wilson continued in his column saying;
“Dog wardens go after responsible dog owners whilst the real doggy terrors are untouched.”
Whilst the majority of Belfast Councillors acted in response to a previous internal council email sent by Health & Enviromental Chief Executives requesting them not to speak to anyone representing the Save Lennox Campaign or the owner of Lennox it is good to know that there is at least one Government Minister who has a backbone, doesn’t take orders from those beneath him and who will speak out for what he believes in and for what he clearly see’s as a council wrong doing.
Sammy Wilson has gained much respect from thousands of Lennox supporters since his article and on one Save Lennox Facebook posting alone Mr Wilson received well over 100 thank you messages within 7 minutes of the post going live. What makes Mr Wilson’s support further welcomed was the fact that Lennox’s owner is not one of Mr Wilson’s constituents and so Sammy Wilson has nothing to gain himself for speaking out and giving his support to Lennox’s family, he simply spoke out about a council’s wrong doing when others should have done so long ago.
After speaking with Lennox’s owner directly about Mr Wilson’s article, the Save Lennox Campaign Blog was asked to highlight and pass on a thank you to Mr Wilson for taking the time to help, showing his support and for giving five minutes of his time to listen to the owners concerns whilst other MP’s and Councillors choose to shy away from getting involved. Well done Mr Wilson!