Councillor Robert Rams has chosen to respond to comments I have made about him, in his "ad Nauseum" blog. Here is what he had to say. As he probably won't publish my response, I thought that maybe I should publish my response here.
I suspect that Rams has chosen to start this debate in an effort to get more blog hits. I suspect that this proves what many of us have known for a while. Rams is rather thin skinned and is not really cut out for the political hurly burly he seems to want to make a career out of. Can you imagine him at PMQ's ? (That isn't an early Friday joke)
Here are Rams comments (either click link or read below)
I have had some rubbish written about me over the last few years, mainly by one person who I don’t think I have said more than five words to in my life – but today has hit an all time low. So I am going to fisk his article about me.
My (Rams) comments are in bold
Yesterday Robert Rams posted a tweet proclaiming his great happiness at the demise of Council housing.
No I did not, I tweeted that I was happy to see the end of the guaranteed council house of life for new tenants. What is this world if we do not want to help people get out of the dependency culture and free up more council housing for those who really need it?
As ever, if you lose the argument – insulting someone is where you go next, well done Roger!
This silly little berk (in the classical sense of the word),
who clearly was born with a silver spoon shoved somewhere the sun doesn’t shine is fast becoming a complete embarrassment.
You know nothing of my upbringing – but needless to say your insults towards my father and my late mother yesterday on your blog, really were disgusting. Nevertheless, your well-worn obsession with penetration, scatology and my parentage say a lot more about you than about me.
He has been caught out time and time again for misleading the general public, in small matters (tweeting he was at Mill Hill Library when he wasn’t)
to large matters (wasting six months of Friern Barnet library campaigners time inviting bids to keep the library open, when he’d already decided to sell the building and pocket the capital receipt).
Politics is a game of trust and no one who knows Robert Rams trusts him.
This blog regularly has comments left by a former Tory councillor who lives in Havering and knows Rams through the GLA. Even he doesn’t trust him and has said so publicly.
This is a man (the ex tory councillor) who is upset with me because I had to intervene in a private matter between himself and an Assembly Member and his response was to describe me as a Nazi. As someone who lost family to the Nazi this is the worst thing you could ever say.
When I read Rams comments, I was reminded of when I was about 18 years old. I met a rather lovely young lady who lived in Henley on Thames. I went up to see her and we spent an afternoon in the pub. At one point a group of disabled young people arrived and embarked in some boats. We were having a beer and I commented that it was really nice to see them having fun. Almost as I said it a group of about 15 young men in rather extravagent suits walked past. One spied the group and shouted “look, there’s a bunch of mongies in the river”. They all stopped and started pointing an outrageous volley of abuse was launched. One of the group then made a gesture imitating a rifle. He exclaimed “Harpoon the disabled” and the group lined up like an imaginary firing squad. They then lost interest and sauntered off down the road. I was absolutely stunned by their crass attitude. I have a cousin who suffers from Downs syndrome, I am taking her on holiday in a few weeks. I cannot possibly explain my disgust. The image has stuck with me since. The comments of Rams reminded me of that.
Can you stoop any lower?
The sheers gloating about an attack on people less well off and less able to cope. Rams is of courser entitled to his views. He’s entitled to gloat on twitter if he wants. If I was Richard Cornelius, I’d sack him for his poor judgement.
So, Roger, lets be clear, you insult, imply and make things up – and you think I have a trust issue!
Here is my response
I doubt you will publish this, but here is my reply anyway. Let me go through your points.
Firstly re your tweet. You said “welcome news from Cllr Davey http://www.barnet.gov.uk/news/article/1 … – The end of a council house for life in Barnet” – https://twitter.com/CllrRobertRams/status/222311814191517696 – You said nothing about “for new tenants”. You cannot even tell the truth in your own blog.
Second. I insulted you because I believe you deserve it. Your comments would cause great distress to the thousands of council house tenants in Barnet. You revel in having power without taking responsibility.
Third. I said nothing about your parentage and would not do so. To twist my words as such is clearly rather sad and desperate. The comment was clearly directed at your lack of compassion for families on low pay, who you seem to have no empathy at all for.
Fourth. I was at Mill Hill library within 2 minutes of you tweeting the fact that you claimed to be present, I spoke to staff (as you know). I asked if they knew you and they said “yes”. As you are their boss, I had no reason to doubt them. They said you were planning to come later. I challenged you to release the CCTV footage to prove you were their and you declined to do so.
Fifth. You have publicly stated that you sought a capital receipt from the sale. It is a matter of public record that you mislead the Save Friern Barnet LIbrary campaign. If you have changed your mind, that doesn’t mean you didn’t mislead them.
Sixth, where is this list?
Sixth. It is clearly not my fault if Robert Rams falls out with a ex senior member of his own party. How can he hold me responsible for that? I did not make the comments, merely noted that he had.
As to “making things up”, you make the allegation but you don’t provide any evidence of this charge. What have I ever made up? I don’t need to. You are clearly rather thin skinned and have a problem with the truth, as demonstrated yet again.
In the words of Spirit "we ain't got nothing to hide"
In the words of Spirit "we ain't got nothing to hide"