Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Brian Coleman stung by Mike Freer's Marmite jibe

Of all the characters I cover here, I get more mail about Brian Coleman than I do about anyone else. In fact barely a week goes by without somebody tipping me off about his latest lunch, expenses bill or slanging match.

But for all I may write about him, it seems there's no sting quite like the sting of his boss:

Council leader Mike Freer, in nominating Mr Coleman (for Mayor), described him as a man “with very robust views” who is “not scared of sharing them”

“I would liken him to being the Marmite Mayor - you either love him or you hate him,” he added.

According to one source, this jibe (now included in the Evening Standard) has hurt the man more than most.

In fact so much did it hurt him, that the Barnet Times thought to delete all of the eight comments left beneath the original article.

In the interests of fairness, I've managed to dig out just three of these from the bowels of the interweb:

"Joe Robb, Barnet says:

Oh he'll just love being Mayor. He'll get to be chaufffered around, adorned in his official bling. Oh, hang on a minute......

Rog T, Mill Hill says:

If I was Marmite I'd sue. I'd prefer to compare him to slamming one's private parts in the door. A small minority think it's good but the mere thought of it brings a grimace to the rest of us.

Joe Robb, Barnet says:

Still, its great to see his marmite-like turgidity being given official recognition at last.

Isn't it just. Maybe we could send him a jar or two. Maybe he could even declare it.


Helen said...

"The mayoress will be Mr Coleman's mother Gladys" - that sounds like a cabaret act to me, Mr Coleman and Gladys, before your very eyes they will demolish eight courses at three official dinners per night.

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

Exemplary blogging again sir!

And jolly well done for preserving those criticisms from the Barnet Times website. This is not the first time they have removed comments that upset local politicians (the Council is their bigest advertiser by far). I suppose its no surprise that few people leave comments there nowadays.
Viva the blogger!

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



Anonymous said...

Hang on, so he's Mayor of his town, London Assembly Member and one of Boris's Deputy Mayors of London?

Can anyone say "Part-Time Tory"?

AdamB said...

He's not a Deputy Mayor, although if you're reading Boris, I'm sure he'd love the job. He is Boris's appointment to chair the Fire Authority which is a paid position. He also claims travel and other expenses from all three.

infinitylies said...

It just gets worse and worse, everything I read about this man just makes me cringe, as a gay man myself this probably tops the bill so far:

Mr Coleman who is openly gay told PinkNews.co.uk "I'm looking forward to wearing the beautiful badge of office, complete with diamonds and drop pearl!" Adding with a chuckle: "I shall wear with it with my customary dignity- I'm not the sort of man who could get away with dressing up in drag."

"If it wasn't for gay men, the Tory party in London would collapse, but perhaps we're all a little bit more open than a few years ago."


If it wasnt for their hypocritical anti-gay policy, I might actually take the Tories seriously

source: www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-1434.html

AdamB said...

I'm not sure how he squares that comment with his claim last year that he was being held back due to homophobia.

Will said...

Good to see the Evening Standard following your lead again Troll. How long will it be before he gets himself an extra job though?

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

Yes Adam - and its also unclear how he squares his claims of being held back with his posthumous 'outing' of Ted Heath:
"The late Ted Heath managed to obtain the highest office of state after he was supposedly advised to cease his cottaging activities in the 1950s when he became a privy councillor."

Anonymous said...

It looks like his mother Gladys will be the only woman who wants to be seen out with him, why am I not surprised.


Don't Call Me Dave said...

I have met Brian Coleman’s mother and she is a very pleasant person. I think it is unfair to attack her.

Coleman’s hypocrisy, however, is a fair matter for comment. His remarks about Ted Heath were cheap, vulgar and totally unwarranted. Even if Heath was gay (and frankly does anyone care if he was?) outing someone after they are dead and cannot respond is the mark of a coward.

Anonymous said...

I thought the whole point of Marmite was "a little went a long way"; whereas in Brian's case .....

infinitylies said...

I read about the homophobia accusations, he clearly likes to play the gay card as and when it suits him. As for Ted Heath allegations, what utterly vulgar thing to do, completely shameful he has no right to out anyone but himself.

It's people like this man that fuel the hatred, but then again i guess he doesn't care how many gays he annoys, cos he'll always have a friendly cab driver to chat to.

Anonymous said...

Agree with you on this one. Whatever else he gets up to, this guy spends far too much time enjoying free dinners.

For that matter, most of the AMs look like a bunch of lightweights to me. Not least, sniping schoolboy John Biggs..."Why are you afraid of your constituents in Newham?"....pft

---regards, AofE

AdamB said...

There are some effective AMs on the Assembly in all the parties (Naziboy excluded). Aside from the usual suspects I think Andrew Boff does quite a good job for the Tories. He's loyal but he seems to work more for his constituents than for the party.

As for Biggsy, you'll be pleased to hear that I've got more on him coming up soon...

Tom said...

Has anyone described Kit Malthouse as 'lightweight' before? Looks quite, um, well-fed to me.

Intellectually, however, I see your point, but there are AMs who are far from pushovers - Dee Doocey for one. Jenny Jones could start a fight in an empty room, for that matter.

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

The ring of ker-ching! is back

Anonymous said...

Yeah, agreed Boff is alright. Remember campaigning with him in Hackney a few years back, decent enough bloke.