Friday 15 May 2009
Brian Coleman has GOT to go!
Yesterday, Not The Barnet Times broke the story that Mike Freer was wasting £10,000 of taxpayers money providing legal services for a councillor being investigated by the Standards Committee. The real scandal of this story was that the council’s insurers were willing to provide a lawyer at no cost to the taxpayer, but the councillor in question wanted one of the biggest London firms to act for him instead.
Our friends at The Barnet Times followed this up with an article of their own in which they named the councillor under investigation as Brian Coleman.
Cue Coleman on the phone giving the journalist an ear bashing, denying that he was the councillor in question and threatening legal action. The only problem for Barnet’s Most Pompous Councillor is that his leader, Mike Freer, had already confirmed that Coleman was indeed the councillor under investigation.
Mike Freer told the paper: “…the standards board had already started their enquires and Councillor Coleman was being asked for statements and to attend interviews before the issue with the insurers had been resolved.”
Leaving aside the issue of the investigation itself, Brian Coleman, who hopes to be installed as Mayor of Barnet next week, has told a deliberate untruth to a local newspaper in order to throw them off the scent of a story which could have portrayed him in a bad light.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have in the past defended Coleman’s right to make an idiot of himself, but there are certain lines which cannot be crossed. At a time when the integrity of politicians is under scrutiny as never before, a councillor who says something to the press knowing it to be untrue, forfeits his right to remain in office.
David Cameron gets it. Brian Coleman clearly doesn’t.
In the words of another Barnet resident, Coleman has GOT to go!