Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Brian Coleman votes for even greater allowances

Ever since Boris Johnson came to power he has tried to project his Conservative administration as one dedicated to cutting costs and increasing 'tax-payer value'

Unfortunately he made the mistake of appointing the man above.

Not only have Brian Coleman's astronomical tax-payer paid taxi bills kept ticking over, but so too have the continual (and increasingly tedious) gaffes.

Whether it's saying that Olympic medallists have blood on their hands, or that a woman concerned for her own safety is a 'dizzy airhead', Coleman has pissed off everybody from international athletes to the the very firemen he is paid to represent.

Well if that wasn't 'value-for-money' enough, Coleman has now attempted to extract a little more from us all.

At a meeting of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority that he chairs, Coleman voted for an additional £7,564.91 (plus SR allowances) to be paid to authority members who are also on the London Assembly.

Coleman, who already receives £25,612.50 for chairing the authority, was joined in the vote by his fellow Conservative Assembly members Roger Evans and Tony Arbour.

Currently, most Assembly Members who are on the authority are expected to do the work as part of their basic £50,582 salary.

However, a recent change in the law meant that Assembly members chairing the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Fire Authority were also able to draw allowances for that as well.

The result of this legislation was the inflation busting allowance hike given to Kit 'nine jobs' Malthouse last year.

Public spirit

In a moment of public spiritedness, Brian Coleman last week voted in favour of his chums on the Fire Authority also getting some extra feathers for their caps.

But in a moment of genuine public spiritedness, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green members of the Authority all voted against the further amendment to the law.

Thank God those lefty spendthrifts aren't in charge eh?

-Update- Tory Assembly Members told to show 'restraint'


CH Paul said...

Quel surprise? it's also worth pointing out that these rises come at the same time as Coleman is pushing through big cuts to the fire service.

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

I hear a whisper that Brian 'Mr Toad' Coleman is lobbying Boris Johnson for a new sport to be included at the 2012 Olympics - 'Freeloading'.

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



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

Its a great post once again btw Tory Troll. Thank You. I will link to it real soon. Also, would you mind if I made use of that marvellous picture?

AdamB said...

Through your page I spotted the link to this wordle of the entries into Coleman's hospitality register. Maybe somebody should send it to him as a t-shirt.

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

It is a great Wordle indeed - but let him buy his own for once!

Anonymous said...

If memory serves me right the FBU have a great way of dealing with employers who try this on, meetings have been held by the side of the River Thames and it has been known for the odd official to go for an early bath.


AdamB said...

Well Brian's certainly an 'odd official' ;)

Brian Coleman aka Mr Toad has GOT to go said...

Ther's some good follow-up to this story at:

harold said...

He'd make a great Labour peer!