Glasgow’s only Tory councillor has deactivated his Twitter account following public ridicule at his response to Glasgow City Council raising the Palestinian flag over the city chambers.
David Meikle, the Conservative Councillor for the Pollokshields Ward, earlier posted a picture to his Twitter account showing him holding an Israeli flag with the message: “I asked the Lord Provost to also fly the Israeli flag to show sympathy with all who suffer. No response. So I did it.”
He faced a backlash when outraged Twitter users shared the images, with several calling for the councillor to resign. He deactivated his account earlier this afternoon and was again mocked for failing to stand up for his actions.
This is not the first time that Meikle has faced public scrutiny, following an altercation with a fellow councillor in a hotel, which resulted in the police getting involved.
Meikle had previously criticised the raising of the Palestinian flag and said the decision was taken without consulting council members and would do nothing to stop suffering on both sides of the conflict. Instead, he said, it could cause divisions in Glasgow.
Glasgow is twinned with the West Bank city and Lord Provost Sadie Docherty offered her “heartfelt sympathy” to the people of Gaza suffering during the latest outbreak of violence.
Nearly 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed since fighting between Israel and Hamas began in early July.
Speaking on the council’s decision, Mr Meikle said: “I failed to read in the letter where the Lord Provost mentions the plight of the Christian population in Bethlehem who are leaving owing to harassment.
“I also failed to see in the letter any condemnation of the Hamas terrorists who have declared war on Israel and their use of civilians as human shields to protect its forces.
“I fully sympathise with the plight of the innocent Gaza citizens caught up in this but I also condemn the continued attacks on Israel from terrorists.”