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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Karl Winn Refuses To Hire Ex-Soldiers


It seems Webeurope Design boss, Karl Winn, has caused outrage with his stance on employing ex-servicemen.

Forces Recruitment Services, which help find jobs for former British ex-servicemen had emailed Winn [60] inviting him to consider taking on ex-servicemen and women at the Webeurope design company he runs in Taunton, Somerset.

Winn, a former social worker, replied:

"Personally, I'd rather recruit ex-drug dealers, convicts and even child molesters rather than consider anybody who has been in the pay of the British Government."

He added:

"Anybody who has been in the pay of such a military force, and by their silence and complicity has condoned such illegal and immoral actions while accepting a monthly blood-stained pay-packet, certainly will not be considered for employment by us!

"Please remove us from your email list. Regards, Karl."

Winn, has for many years supported numerous organisations (NGO's), such organisations include:

The International Human Rights Network - Supporting others in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to UN Agencies, countries, and organisations.

Film Makers Against War - FAW seeks to educate and raise awareness of UK and international war law.

Art and Sacred Places - Encourages the interaction of art and religion by commissioning artists to make work in sacred places.

Relatives for Justice – A northern Ireland based organisation that supports and campaigns on behalf of the families of the 367 men, women, and children, who have been killed by members of the British Military and Police services. The campaign seeks to bring the perpetrators of such killings before the courts.

So it appears that Winn is just anti-British Army then?

It would be interesting to see if Winn would employ the services of an ex- provisional IRA member or ex-soldier of the Argentine Forces. Or maybe he would prefer to employ [age permitting] a former member of the SS?

Winn has made a rod for his own back with these outlandish remarks - after all, it is wrongful to discriminate against certain groups, is it not?

He has the right to his beliefs but any logical thinking human being can see that it is not the soldiers who should be held accountable for war - it is the powers that be.

Winn needs a reality check - a history lesson will teach him that his right to voice his opinions was given to him by ex-servicemen. He may also find it interesting to learn that the British military actually train soldiers in Internet Technology and by not offering these heroes employment because of his 'opinion' could well be deemed discriminatory.

I'm guessing he does not like the American Armed Forces either.

It shows the mark of a real man when he tried to deny he had sent the email, instead blaming it on a "disgruntled worker" who had hacked into his email account. He later admitted he had written them after being confronted with further emails between him and the recruitment agency.

Cometh the hour... cometh the coward.

The WebEurope Careers page can be found here

WebEurope's press statement regarding Winn's comments can be read in full here

Oh, by the way Mr. Winn, I hear Gary Glitter is out of work. You may wish to use his services - I hear he is a dab hand at computer technology!




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