Barnet has nothing to hide, so I’m very keen that we make as much information about the council as easy to access as possible and the new website is the ideal vehicle to deliver on this transparency agenda.Having seen his comments about Brian Coleman, maybe it's time we reevaluated Rams comments and attitude. Is it possible that maybe we misjudged Rams. Undoubtedly his early career at Barnet was shaped by his mentor Brian Coleman. When he initially launched the Barnet library closure program last year, he did so with an avalanche of Colemanesque bluster and stupid pronouncement. The community reacted furiously. To give Rams credit, he rethought his plans, cut the stupid statements and delivered a proposal far less damaging than expected, and far better than many London Boroughs. In short he took on board some of the criticism.
His latest Twitter comments disassociating himself with Coleman mark a further stage in his development. In his job at the GLA he deals with serious and professional Tory politicians such as Roger Evans, James Cleverly and Kit Malthouse. You may not agree with these guys, but they are undoubtedly of a far higher calibre than any of their Barnet colleagues. Both Evans and Cleverly write interesting and intelligent blogs, which are worth a read - http://city-hall.blogspot.com/ and http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/ are examples of what we should expect from our GLA reps for our £50 K a year we pay.
I wonder whether Rams has twigged the fact that he's lumbered with a bunch of rank amatuers in Barnet and if he ever wants to get on, he'd better get the situation sorted. As far as I'm aware, he's the only Barnet Tory to break ranks on Coleman and his behaviour. I've been pretty harsh on Rams, very deservedly. I do however think there are signs that he may be growing up politically and this can only be good for Barnet.
Lets hope that this is the case for the good of our services and pockets.