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.

6 comments:

Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has GOT to go! said...

Great post again DCMD.

I was trying to think of a word that is sufficient to describe him.

I did come up with one but your rule no.4 prevents me from sharing it.

:-)

Thank you for continuing to hold him to account. More power to you!

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Don't Call Me Dave said...

I’m not sure how much more of Coleman we can put up with before that rule gets changed!

Anonymous said...

Brian Coleman is a councillor? I thought he was a member of the London Assembly?

Corrupt Camden Council said...

How can Brian be a local council member as well as a member of the London assembly? I'm sure he isn't supposed to be both.

Thats politics for ya!

Don't Call Me Dave said...

He is allowed to be a councillor and a member of the GLA.

It seems there is no limit to the number of troughs he can stick his snout in.

danfhope said...

It is the case that many member of the London Assembly are Councillors in their local Councils.

Surely there is something wrong ie a strong conflict with the following 2 scenarios (both happen to apply to Cllr Coleman AM)

1. Being a Councillor in a Council that is in your GLA AM Constituency area. Why? It strikes me this is two fold. There are two boroughs (A and B) in the area and the AM is a Councillor on Council A then he is bound to take views of that Council and the inhabitants of the area over those in Council B.

2. Being on an Executive (Cabinet) on any Council and being an AM. This is a very more serious conflct, why? The Mayor of London has powers over planning and other matters that are under the jurisdiction and for decision by local Council Cabinets. This is a huge conflict of interest and results in the most bizarre position being taken. Whilst Brian Coleman moans regularly to Mayor Boris on TV at Mayor's question time about too many one bedroom (rabbit hutch sized) flat he is part of Mike Freer's administration committed to building thousands and thousands of them and puts his hand in the air to support this at Cabinet.

Where is my representative? The one I demand to have and need to argue AGAINST Barnet Council doing this from the position of the GLA? It is just no good Brian Coleman taking pay from two conflicting paymasters on this matter.

Discuss.