New Mayor of Barnet, Brian Coleman, decided to take on the blogging community in his acceptance speech at Barnet Town Hall this evening.
Coleman decried bloggers whom he claimed pulled down civic institutions by attacking officers and councillors.
The Marmite Mayor declared “I will not tolerate it!”
Quite how Barnet’s First Citizen (with special responsibility for canapés) aims to achieve this is anybody’s guess. Perhaps he has been reading Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part II, Act I, Scene I:
Yet, for all this, say not that Percy's dead.
I see a strange confession in thine eye:
Thou shakest thy head and hold'st it fear or sin
To speak a truth. If he be slain, say so;
The tongue offends not that reports his death:
And he doth sin that doth belie the dead,
Not he which says the dead is not alive.
Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
Hath but a losing office, and his tongue
Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
Remember'd tolling a departing friend.
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