Monday, 13 September 2010

Brian Schama's email to Brian Coleman

Leaked to me by an anonymous source -  I was wrong in my guess. Brian Schama was the Councillor who upset Brian Coleman. I am hoping to receive the reply. So I think we now know two of the three Councillors who are going to lose the whip. Any guesses on the third?

As soon as I get hold of Colemans reply I will post it

From: Brian Schama
Sent: Fri, 10 September, 2010 18:24:00
Subject: Council Meeting September 14th. Agenda Item: 3.6

Dear Brian 

I am a loyal supporter of David Cameron, who I believe epitomises the wish of all genuine Conservatives to find the right solution to our current financial problems at both national and local level, and I fully support him and the Coalition in this very difficult task.

Lynne's stance on Allowances has embarrassed him and the Party I support.  Grant Shapps made this very clear publicly and still she did not listen.  I would like to be free to look after the best interests of the residents of our Borough and my Mill Hill Ward.

I have no problem with how the Leadership election was conducted which, so far as we know, was in a professional and fair manner. Nonetheless, nearly half the Conservative Group voted for Mark Shooter as Leader and this has further weakened Lynne Hillan's credibility.

As you are aware, the Council now needs to make a number of extremely tough decisions when reviewing funding and public resources.  For Lynne to have chosen this very time to attempt to push through an obscene pay increase for herself and her closest cabinet and committee chairman  colleagues demonstrated once and for all that she lacks the sense, sensitivity and judgement required of a leader.

As you also well know, a number of her Conservative colleagues - both old and new - advised her that this course was wrong.  She refused to listen to reason and instead cynically persisted in attempting to justify the increases and only backtracked when she found herself caught in the relentless glare of adverse publicity, destroying the last of her personal credibility in the process.

Even now she still simply does not understand that the public want - and are entitled - to know exactly who is receiving an increased allowance and how much the increase is in each individual case, including the Chairman of her various Committees Yet in attempting to explain her new "fallback" proposal she has signally failed to itemise both her own and her Cabinet & Committee colleagues' actual existing allowances and their proposed new allowances in a way that is transparent to our residents.

Every difficult Council and Group decision which has to be taken in the months ahead will now be tainted by her personal history of cynical allowance manipulation.

I would like to be free to vote in the best interests of the residents who I have the honour to represent and to do so with a clear conscience, without my loyalties divided between our national leader (whom I respect) and our local leader (who I do not).

I would be happy to support Andrew Harper, as Leader as I believe he stands the best chance of uniting our troubled group, supported by Mark Shooter as Deputy Leader with special responsibility for fiscal matters

This is the only way that our Conservative group  can unite again and go forward

 Of course, you will need to seriously change your personal style if they are to succeed.

I want you to know that I bear you no personal animosity and I take this opportunity to wish you and your family "Shanah Tovah".




Mrs Angry said...
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Mrs Angry said...

I think we can guess what Coleman's reply was, can't we? Dear Mr Schama, I salute your attempt to speak honestly to Coleman, but I do think it might be appropriate if you did bear some personal animosity towards him and your group leader on behalf of the grossly mistreated voters of this borough who were duped into voting for an administration so set on indulging its own self interests.

Mrs Angry said...

interesting: one of my keen readers at the GLA has arrived at my blog after a frantic googling of "Mark Shooter" Barnet ... HAs someone at City Hall got a bit of an unhealthy interest in the dashing, multi millionaire pretender to the throne?

baarnett said...

His dream ticket of Harper and Shooter might cause a few difficulties as with that split of tasks by Blair and Brown.

So Councillor Hart just kept out of the fray as usual then, Roger. Good job you had no money on it.

baarnett said...

And vickim57 has beaten you to the reply, Roger.

I wonder who is "deep throat".

Broadway Blogger said...

Superb letter and good on our Mill Hill councillor for standing up to corruption.

It is good to see that our elected rep. has made the views of all of us very clear to Mr Coleman.

I did not vote for him but I will next time - because he has shown great courage already.

Dont worry Roger you will still get my other vote like this year ! You and Brian would be a dream ticket - a true co-alition representatives for Mill Hill.