Apologies after 'carrot' comment
THE BBC and Mensa have apologised after a spokesman for the society described anyone with an IQ of below 60 as a "carrot" live on air.
Mensa member Peter Baimbridge made the comments while being interviewed on BBC Breakfast, sparking complaints from viewers.
One viewer, an employee of learning disability charity Mencap, said she was "shocked" and "disgusted" by the comments.
Ciara Evans, pictured above, who has a learning disability, urged Mr Baimbridge to "engage his brain before his mouth".
Mr Baimbridge was being asked about the effectiveness of IQ tests at judging intelligence.
"So most IQ tests will have Mr and Mrs Average scoring 100 and the higher you get, the brighter you are. And if your IQ is somewhere around 60 then you are probably a carrot," Mr Baimbridge said.
A FORMER Army doctor's career lay in ruins yesterday after he was struck off the medical register over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa.
Dr Derek Keilloh, 38, a respected family GP, was left "extremely disappointed" by the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), at the conclusion of a marathon 47-day hearing in Manchester.
The father of two did "everything possible" to save Mr Mousa's life – but then claimed not to have seen evidence of the severe beating he took at the hands of fellow soldiers.
Mr Mousa's father, Colonel Daoud Mousa, said: "I wanted the doctor to be banned for life. He did not have humanity in his heart when he was supposed to be caring for my son. He did not do his job properly."
Now a popular and "conscientious" family doctor, Dr Keilloh was the medic in charge who supervised a failed resuscitation attempt on Mr Mousa, who had been hooded, handcuffed and severely beaten by soldiers after his arrest as a suspected insurgent in war-torn Basra in September 2003.