Wednesday 21 April 2010
Council to sack Rabbi who convicted Coleman in standards investigation
Barnet Council’s Head of Corporate Governance, Jeff Lustig, has prepared a report recommending that Rabbi Jeremy Collick (pictured right) be dismissed as a member of the independent Standards Committee.
Rabbi Collick sat on the panel which found Brian Coleman guilty of breaching the Members Code of Conduct when he launched a vitriolic tirade against Barnet Blogger, Rog T.
The reason Rabbi Collick is to be sacked is because of his recent attendance record - he has only attended two of eight scheduled meetings. Clearly this is not a good record but it should be noted that Rabbi Collick’s absence was not because he was flying business class to America on a junket, like Frequent Flyer Freer, but because of his pastoral commitments.
Don’t Call Me Dave thought that Barnet believed in putting the community first? In any case, the report completely fails to take into account the many hours Rabbi Collick spent in preparatory meetings for the Coleman hearing and he is, if fact, one of the hardest working members of the committee.
Members of the Standards Committee receive an allowance of just £269 a year, so it is not as if he was doing this for the money!
But even if the council wanted to replace him, given that he is a Rabbi, shouldn't they have just had a quiet word and suggested that he resigned? That would have allowed him an honourable exit. To publicly sack him in this manner is a humiliating thing to do to a respected member of the community.
Interestingly, when the report came before the council yesterday, it was deferred until after the elections. The reason given was to allow councillors more time to consider Rabbi Collick’s proposed replacement. DCMD is sure that this unprecedented deferment has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Mike Freer requires the support of the Jewish vote if he is to win Finchley & Golders Green at the General Election.