What sort of a man would you think would behave like this? Would a man who carries on like this be someone who you would want to to represent you in the council? If you were the leader of the Political party who the man belonged to, would you wish to be associated with the man? What would you have to say to the victim of the assault (which has been proven to be completely unprovoked).
Well if you were Brian Colemans political boss, Councillor Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council would you say this
“I’m very sad but the party had no alternative under the circumstances of his conviction.
“The situation has been an embarrassment and the actions of one man have embarrassed the whole party. It was difficult but the group had to exclude him.”
There is little human sympathy for Helen Michael, who has just buried her mum. There is no regret for the injuries she has suffered. There has been no apology for the whispering campaign portraying Helen as a slightly deranged stalker who has persued Brian Coleman beyond all reasonable means.
The facts of the case are crystal clear, it is all on CCTV. Brian Coleman parked illegally outside Helen Michaels cafe. Thousands of Barnet residents have been fined for such actions and had their cars photographed by Barnet Council parking wardens, who Brian Coleman used to control. Helen Michael did not film Brian Coleman. She took a picture of his illegally parked car. I have seen her phone footage and his tale of how she harrassed him is a pack of lies. She is videoing his car when the camera is dropped.
Coleman was quite happy for his parking wardens to do the same thing to anyone to fill the council coffers. His only problem was when a private citizen did it to him. Interestingly enough, a month before the assault, I filmed Brian Coleman outside the Council chamber. He was talking to John Burgess, the local Unison rep and I very openly filmed Coleman and said "Smile for the camera". He sneered, but said nothing. Why did he say nothing to me, a 6'1 sixteen stone man, yet violently assault Ms Michael for filming his car? I believe it is because Brian Coleman, like all bullies, is a complete and utter coward. The sad thing is that his little gang of Richard Cornelius and co are so taken with the man, that they can no longer tell the difference between right and wrong.
Barnet Council needs a new broom. We need new faces in the Conservative party, unsullied by these tawdry goings on. We need people of honour and people with some backbone and moral fibre. We need people who do not accept that beating up women and then telling lies is OK. We need people who care more about the London Borough of Barnet than their own "embarrassment". Whilst I am not a Tory or a Tory voter, I passionately believe we need decent people in all parties. What happened outside Cafe Buzz last September and the shenanigans that have followed are a sorry stain on the reputation of the Borough. The comments of Richard Cornelius are simply the latest installment in a sorry tale of woe.
It is only eleven months until the next council election. If, as I suspect,, the Conservatives lose control of Barnet, I suspect Richard Cornelius may rue the day he made these comments and his colleagues may well regret not taking some action to appoint a leader who cares about more than his own embarrassment.
I was asked as I bought my provisions if I was happy that Brian Coleman had finally been kicked out of the Conservative party. The answer is "No, I am sickened by the whole thing. I am sickened by Coleman and I am even more sickened by the weasel words of his colleagues. Most of all I am sickened by the lack of morality at the heart of power in Barnet Council. That is now beyond dispute. Worst of all is the fact that my taxes support this charade".
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I've just heard the Iain Dale Show on LBC, featuring Brian Coleman. This features a stack of lies made up by Coleman about Helen Michael. I sincerely hope she sues the pants of him and LBC for broadcasting it. The man is utterly shameless