The above picture is of Brian Coleman AM asleep on the job inside his office at City Hall
Last month I published this picture because:
a) I didn't see any reason not to
b) it was funny
Thinking that would be that, I carried on with my work, speaking to people at City Hall, looking through GLA documents and asking questions.
However, soon after this picture was published, certain high ranking officials close to Brian Coleman started looking through my emails.
My private correspondence with people at City Hall was trawled through, and press officers were warned not to pass me photos.
In fact one of my contacts was told that any pictures sent to me could 'easily be traced to their source'. This was a lie.
Last night Brian Coleman became Mayor of Barnet.
In his acceptance speech he vowed
"to defeat damaging bloggers, and also confront the constant criticism of politicians, both locally and nationally which only serves "to reduce voter turnout and help party's like the BNP".Mayor Coleman said:“There are a few people that I would not like to thank, those bloggers that think anyone involved in civic life whether it is an elected politicians or professional officers is fair game for personal abuse and whose mission it is to undermine and denigrate. Whilst mayor of this borough I will not tolerate anyone in this chamber or outside who regard it cool and trendy to undermine democratic institutions, and I do not have time for those who have community criticism rather (than) community service".
During Coleman's time in office his 'community service' has included:
- Spending tens of thousands of pounds on taxis whilst claiming for a free travel card.
- Laying on £88 a head meals for himself and pals at City Hall
- Leading failed attempts to increase his £100,000 allowances
- Telling British Olympic champions that they have the blood of Tibetans on their hands
- Calling his constituents "idiots"
- Telling a victim of police violence that she had it coming.
- Using GLA resources to warn off his critics
- Claiming £10k in legal fees and then lying about it to the press
During my time as a blogger I have:
So who's done more to decrease the public's trust in politicians Brian, you or me?