Sunday 25 May 2014

Farewell Mr Tambourgreedy

There has been much rejoicing amongst the left and right following Brian Coleman’s defeat at the hands of the electorate this week. Don’t Call Me Dave admits that he was surprised at the extent of the thrashing Coleman received, but the power of the people should never be underestimated. Coleman had survived many scandals in the past, but clearly assaulting a woman crossed a line which even his most ardent supporters could not condone.

Many years ago, when Brian Coleman was plotting the downfall of the late Victor Lyon, he told DCMD “In order to rebuild, you must first destroy.” The removal of Andreas Tambourides is therefore far more significant than Coleman’s defeat if the Conservatives want to win back the seats they have just lost.

Following the Conservative victory in 2006, the council group was effectively hijacked by the gang of four – Mike Freer, Lynne Hillan, Brian Coleman and Andreas Tambourides as their enforcer. Mike Freer subsequently went off to become a one term MP in Finchley; Lynne Hillan departed for the great council chamber in the sky and Brian Coleman punched his way into the history books. Even after the allowances scandal of 2010, Tambourides trousered bucket loads of taxpayers money for doing bugger all. He claimed tens of thousands of Pounds for legal expenses even though council officers said his claim was excessive (a view shared by a Tory barrister councillor). His greed was matched only by his ego.

Brunswick Park should be a rock solid Conservative ward. In 2006, the Conservatives won with a clear 2,000 majority over Labour. By 2010, the Conservative majority had fallen to 1,500 - but still substantial for a council ward. Following Lynne Hillan’s death in 2012, her seat was lost to Labour in the by-election. The fact that Tambourides has now lost his seat as well, whilst Tory Lisa Rutter held hers, proves that the public have simply had enough of the old guard and their bullying ways.

DCMD does not wish to speak ill of the dead, but Lynne Hillan and her cohorts inflicted serious damage on the Conservative name in Barnet. The Tories have retained power by the skin of their teeth. There can be no doubt that they are now drinking in the last chance saloon. It is time for the local associations to reassert their authority over errant councillors, clear out all the dead wood and start promoting sensible Conservative policies. Councillors (and ex councillors) with their snouts in the trough should be under no illusion that their time has passed.

And as we bid Mr Tambourgreedy a fond farewell, here is a reminder from 2009 of his arrogance and contempt for the rules the rest of us have to live by (if an advert appears, click on the ‘x’ in the top right hand corner to get rid of it).



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Anonymous said...

In 1998 Mr Tambourides and I stood for council. In those years there was no such thing as paying Councillors. Mrs Tambourides was quick to tell us that we were silly and wasting our time. She refused to help or deliver literature. Expenses were introduced four years later and that attracted the money grabbing councillors including Mrs T. In 2006 when I was ousted out by the terrible four because i stood by my instincts and supported the late Cllr Lyon a real Gentleman and honest man, and didn't become their yes dog Mrs T was elected to East Barnet ward. Mr Tambourides always played the Greek card and insisted on Greek Councillors in Brunswick Park but the truth is he was very disliked amongst the Greek community and they have now shown him the door with their non vote. What goes around comes around Mr T and as you constantly said to Victor Lyon all those years ago "stay at home you are too old at 70 retire gracefully!!" Perhaps you can go back to fixing photocopiers.... But then again people don't use them anymore...

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with previous comments. Ex Cllr Tambourines was arrogant, lazy and disloyal. He loathed better educated and spoken Councillors and back stabbed decent and hard working able Councillors like Daniel Hope their ward coleague and made his life hell for ŷears with his then mate Lynn (rven though they hated each other). He became a Councillor by default and his wife who hated politics before she was elected for all the wrong reasons and they became a double act. There should be a rule against married Councillors being allowed to stand. Thankfully we are now well rid of them and others like them. They can now go to the job centre and look for a proper job rather than scrounging off real tax payers.