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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Brian Coleman refuses to explain AssetCo dinners

Boris Johnson's fire chief has refused to explain why he accepted dinners and a luxury hamper from a firm awarded a multi-million pound contract by LFEPA

The Barnet Times approached Brian Coleman yesterday after I revealed the nature of his relationship with Asset Co chief Executive John Shannon.


"When Mr Coleman was contacted by the Times Series for comment on why he accepted the meals and hamper he hung up the telephone."

Few will be surprised that Brian holds his constituents in such contempt.

His refusal to publish his expenses and his long abuse of the expenses system has already caused many in his party to call for him to go.

But for him to refuse to explain his relationship with a company awarded many millions of pounds of taxpayers money, is of another order.


-Update- A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade's Union said

“There does seem to be a somewhat incestuous relationship between AssetCo and Mr Coleman.

“When you have a situation where a company is lavishing hospitality on him with dinner dates and a £350 Harvey Nichols hamper you have to ask certain questions.

“We're reluctant to start making accusations until we've asked those questions, but at the moment it doesn't look good.”

According to the Barnet Times:

"AssetCo have declined to comment on the hamper, the meals and what was discussed at the meetings."

So Brian's in good company!

25 comments:

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

I think I'm right in saying that aka Toad has refused to speak to his local paper: The Barnet Times since he embarrassed himself in their pages over the legal fees for his misconduct hearing - beginning tomorrow:
http://www.times-series.co.uk/search/4373083.Top_Barnet_Tory_tries_to_gag_Times_Series/

AdamB said...

Was that the time when he lied to the paper whilst simultaneously threatening them with legal action if they reported the truth?

This is the man Boris has confidence in.

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

Yes - that's the one Adam.

Incidentally, did you notice Coleman's wining and dining with, and providing political assistance to Gerald Ronson?

Its here fyi

AdamB said...

There does appear to be a pattern.

Harold said...

I'm sure the hamper was passed round the fire stations by the fire chief.

Chris said...

Where are all the people defending him?

frejus track said...

Adam -are you going to cover the "chicken-feed" Boris comment re £250,000 wage?

Don't Call Me Dave said...

Brian Coleman seems to have a hang up talking to the media about his expenses!

AdamB said...

frejus - I don't think so. It's had loads of coverage elsewhere and I don't think I can add much to what has already been said.

As I've said elsewhere, it's not what he said that stood out to me, but how he said it. Six months ago he would have been able to laugh a comment like that off. In that interview however he came across as arrogant, tetchy and not particularly likeable.

I think those traits are more dangerous for him than any single chickenfeed comment, however stupid.

frejus track said...

I agree, the way he answered the question was disturbing...almost as if he has lost touch with reality...however that is not an uncommon trait in politicians[eg Tony Blair]

AdamB said...

It's unusual to see it settling in so early on though.

Appealing of Ealing said...

"In that interview however he came across as arrogant, tetchy and not particularly likeable."

That's an assertion. Beauty / eye / beholder. No, he didn't use much bliarite smarm charm. I thought the tone was pretty standard for Hardtalk, though I don't think Sackur gave a good account of himself...not that anyone in the BBC would notice.

What struck me was the power of Johnson's intellect. Yes I know, intelligence isn't so highly rated these days in our brave new "all must have prizes" world. The good news is though, no matter how jealous the big government babies get, intelligence is the one thing they won't be redistributing. ...though reading most of what gets written about Johnson, it might be no bad thing.

Appealing of Ealing said...

frejus track said...
"I agree, the way he answered the question was disturbing...almost as if he has lost touch with reality..."

You were disturbed?

I'm curious -- can you offer an example of this?

AdamB said...

One of your more incoherent efforts AofE.

No prizes for you today!

AdamB said...

That was an assertion obviously. I'm sure to your eye, it made perfect sense.

Appealing of Ealing said...

"One of your more incoherent efforts AofE.

No prizes for you today!"

Many thanks. I'll take that as a compliment coming from you.

(Pass me the Pimm's darling)

Barry Rochford said...

Boris was arrogant and also evasive. He was unable to justify his sideline in the context of the extra booty he gets whilst others have to scrape a living, while his own party leader is embarassed by second incomes for his MPs, so he diverts us with a bit of rhetoric about giving to charity. How much is not specified? £1000? Very generous, still leaves him with a £249,000 bonus.
Boris is very brilliant - he is able to pretend to be the buffoon whilst pushing a very right wing agenda.
But the cracks are appearing.
When Brian Coleman goes, there's just Simon Milton left (who I understand to be competent and non-corrupt). Not a very good record for integrity, transparency.

Appealing of Ealing said...

Barry Rochford said...

"Boris was arrogant and also evasive."

I saw assertiveness. Though I can understand why he would come across as superior to many of his detractors.

"He was unable to justify his sideline in the context of the extra booty he gets whilst others have to scrape a living..."

Let me liberate you: he doesn't have to.

It's a rather revealing assumption to think that anyone who earns more money than you, should have to justify why.

If his other work (paid or not) isn't interfering with his ability to be the mayor, then that's his business.

"...while his own party leader is embarassed by second incomes for his MPs"

Cameron is walking on eggshells. More people would vote for him if he showed more bottle.

When Livingstone was out of step with his party, the left hailed him as an independent man of principle. When Johnson steps out of line, it's a problem.

"...so he diverts us with a bit of rhetoric about giving to charity."

I guess he pays a lot of tax too. That's one of the funniest and most delicious ironies of left-wing politics... that you so resent and detest the very people who feed your dumb social projects: the rich. Lol.

"How much..."

...is his business

"...is not specified? £1000? Very generous, still leaves him with a £249,000 bonus."

It's not a bonus. It's earnings...that he works for.

"Boris is very brilliant..."

A candid admission. I think others should aspire to brilliance, instead of....

AdamB said...

You've slipped into fan mode now. May I suggest one of these?

http://www.boriswatch.com/borisshop/

Appealing of Ealing said...

AdamB said...

"You've slipped into fan mode now."

It's that blond shock of tousled hair ... I can't get it out of my mind.

"May I suggest one of these?

http://www.boriswatch.com/borisshop/ "


Yes, I'd quite like the women's string thong, but they don't seem to do it in my size.

Anonymous said...

How comes people reply to AoE, I thought the general rule on blogs was not to feed to troll (and I do appreciate the irony of that given the blog's name).

prj45 said...

I don't think A of E is troll, I reckon he genuinely writes what he believes.

Rog T said...

Appealing of Ealing is quite clearly embarking on the only sensible strategy for a Tory when discussing Brian Coleman, ie Change the subject to something, anything else.

Come on Appealing, get back on subject. What do you think of Boris Johnson's Fire Chief - Brian Coleman. Do you think Boris is right to keep him on or should he sack him?

There's plenty of blogs discussing Boris, lets hear your views on Mr Coleman and his troughing

Appealing of Ealing said...

Rog T said...

"What do you think of Boris Johnson's Fire Chief - Brian Coleman. Do you think Boris is right to keep him on or should he sack him?"

He's a trougher and a disgrace. He should go.

Rog T said...

I did Appealing of Ealing a misservice. There is the other sensible strategy for a Tory - say he's a disgrace and he should go !

Well said !