A social worker has been brought before the regulator for allegedly trolling David Cameron in a series of expletive-filled tweets.
The Blackburn social worker had the future of his place on the social work register called into question today by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after he allegedly sent the prime minister a number of comments on Twitter on subjects ranging from Jimmy Savile to benefits claimants.
He also tweeted obscenities at media mogul Rupert Murdoch and American celebrity businessman Donald Trump.
The case against the social worker stated that his tweets constituted misconduct and this lack of competence meant his fitness to practise as a social worker was impaired.
Unusually, the regulator listed all of the tweets in the public notice of allegation, which dated from October 2012 to October 2013.
They included telling the prime minister:
“@DavidCameron if you’re as effective re Saville [sic] et al as with economy we’ll be overrun with shell suited, cigar-chomping pervs.”
He also tweeted: “@DavidCameron **** off you deluded ***** and “@DavidCameron Just **** off.”
On 14 October 2013 he stated: “Benefits and proud – I really could weep. I know these vermin are not representative of majority of benefits claimants but still angry.”
‘Inappropriate and offensive’
His tweets to Rupert Murdoch included telling him: “The world will be an infinitely better place when you die.” He tweeted at Donald Trump: “You’re the biggest self-aggrandising conceited **** in the world. And your hair is ****.”
The tweets were alleged to be inappropriate, obscene and offensive by the HCPC. The social worker now faces a sanction which, in the worst case scenario, could lead to his removal from the register.
Update (Feb 4 2014): The HCPC has adjourned the hearring, part heard. The date for the rescheduled hearing is 20 and 21 April. 2015.