Saturday, 25 April 2009

Is Brian Coleman the best Boris Johnson can do?

Brian Coleman
Over at the Guardian Dave Hill reports on rumours that Boris Johnson sanctioned Brian Coleman's "Commend a Copper" Facebook page.

Now I'm all for a bit of commending at the best of times although I do wonder whether now is quite the time to be doing it.

And I wonder even more whether it should be Brian Coleman of all people doing that commending.

Just to remind you, this is the man whose response to public anger about the Met's actions during the G20 was to say that Nicky Fisher deserved the slapping that she got from the police:

"Nicky Fisher turned up to this protest, which everyone said could be violent. She put herself in this situation and lo, she was hit. It's like going gambling and then complaining that you've lost money. All right-thinking people will have little sympathy for her. The police were dealing with a very serious situation caused by some very silly people."

On the cobbled together Commend a Copper Facebook page Coleman then states that:

"I’m hoping to hear your views and to get many many hits, including from all London Assembly members, which I can then pass on to the Mayor..."

Silly Brian. I think that he should be expecting a few slaps and kicks from them as well...


Anonymous said...

There goes the cream of London politics! No wonder Ken used to call them the B team!

Helen said...

Maybe Boris can put forward Brian as the official GLA entry for the Olympics, he'd get the dold in Advanced Snoring, Scoffing Free Food and Non-Stop Taxi-ing.

Chris said...

Diet Coke break?

Noel Lynch said...

'The B Team': Actually, Ken was referring to the Labour Assembly members.

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

I left the following commendation:

"I'd like to commend the copper* who caught Assembly Member Brian Coleman exceeding a 30mph speed limit in Borehamwood in January 2006. He already had 9 points on his driving licence. On 9 August 2006 at St Albans Magistrates' Court, Coleman was given three points on his licence, banned from driving for six months and fined £300.

Although siince then of course, he's run up famously large taxi bills at your and my expense.

Full details are at the 'Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has got to go' Facebook Group page:

* ok, it was a speed camera really. Still, I commend it nonetheless."

harold said...

At least he wasn't asleep at the wheel!

AlexJThomas said...

Thanks to 'Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has GOT to go!', Commend A Copper has been rsoundly subverted.

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

Well, if our Facebook group has helped it on its way, then I'm delighted of course - though (equally delightfully) the subversion was going on well before I got there.

I wonder how long Mr Coleman's embrace of new(?) technology will last - especially given his previous (foolish) comments on the subject:

"In my view, politicians should concentrate less on Facebook and more on face-to-face contact and leave twittering to those late night debates at Westminster."

Anonymous said...

Incidentally, it is apparent that whoever is running Coleman's commend a copper Facebook group has the ability to remove unwanted posts from the 'discussion board' - but NOT from 'The Wall'


Alex J Thomas said...

Ah, they do have the power...

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



There's a whole lot of censoring of the censuring going on over there.

Over 75 per cent of the posts removed I'd say - including the one that commended Sir Ian Blair of course. Now that is surely against the stated aim of this shoddy piece of populist nonsense.

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

Oh dear. Coleman's 'Commend a copper' page doesn't seem to be going quite as he had planned.
This snapshot was taken on 30/4/09.

Even though a lot of critical posts have been deleted
- this snapshot of the page was taken on 30/4/09