Thursday 25 June 2009
Is Brian Coleman Britain’s most shameless councillor?
Despite two months of daily revelations exposing the greed of our elected representatives, it is still possible to uncover new tales of unbridled snout-in-the-troughism. And there are no prizes for guessing that it involves that man Coleman again.
The Guardian’s Dave Hill has discovered that on 10th November 2008, Brian Coleman claimed almost £400 for a single taxi ride!
Coleman was attending the Lord Mayor’s banquet at the Guildhall but because the pompous oaf is so utterly contemptuous of the taxpayer - and deluded as to his self importance - he kept the taxi waiting five hours while he stuffed his face sitting alongside the genuine VIPs.
Hubristic is insufficient a word to describe Brian Coleman. Last year he claimed almost £103,000 in allowances from the taxpayer yet, by his own admission, if he wasn’t a politician, he would be stacking the shelves at Tesco’s.
The Ian Clement scandal proves that Boris Johnson is an appalling judge of character. If he is to have any hope of redeeming himself in the eyes of the electorate, he must sack Coleman immediately as Chairman of the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority for this flagrant abuse of taxpayers' money.
The electorate will have an opportunity to do the same next year.