Great to see their efforts won £5,000 for the Mayor's charities, wouldn't you agree Roger?— Nicole Richer (@nikkiar) January 1, 2019
This tweet clearly implies that Councillor Felix Byers and Councillor David Longstaff were responsible for winning the £5,000. Given that the float was put together by a whole bunch of people, this has clearly irritated a lot of people (as he's mentioned it to a few involved). Being fair to the Barnet Conservaties, on their Facebook page, The Barnet Tories correctly acknowledge this, however Nicole's tweet told a very different story and she has not covered herself in glory with what she said or what she is trying to do.
It is interesting to note that the tweet did not mention Donoghue's, who provided the flatbed Lorry that carried the parade. Could this be because the Tories in Childs Hill have been saying they are opposed to Donoghues recycling plant, as part of their efforts to win seats in Barnets most marginal ward. This tweet pictures Tory Councillors on a picket line against Donoghues
We are proud that Barnet's entry "Everything Stops for Tea" at the New Years Day Parade won £5000 towards the Mayor's Charities. Many thanks to Susi Earnshaw, Mayor Thompstone, Cllr Longstaff, Lee Thompson and all the wonderful performers that took part in the parade!
@DumpDonoghue @ggera_nw @JamieBlake20 @anne_clarke Cricklewood’s Royal Connections. Lord Skip of The Dumpster ! Dump Donoghue now ! pic.twitter.com/cgZOiz0pZo— Maureen byrne (@MaurByrne123) November 26, 2017
It seems to me that our local Conservatives are political chamaeleons. They are happy to oppose organisations such as Donoghues when it suits them and aso happy to jump on their bandwagon if there is a good photo opportunity.
I would suggest that it would be nice if Nicole tweeted a little gracious thanks to all involved, not just her two mates. It was a fine effort and it would be unfortunate if this attempt to hijack the credit alienated people, such as my customer. In past years, I've supported the Mayor's Charity and works, with cash and logistic help. We should put politics aside for this worthy appeal and give proper recognition to all of out community. I believe Nicole is fairly new to the job. I hope she realises that there is more to politics than trying to score a few points here and there. The best politicians are respected across the political spectrum and are able to work with people across the community, not least by recognising their efforts, not by hijacking them.
I will conclude by congratulating all of the people involved on a great effort, doing Barnet proud. All of them!
I think this little ditty from the Fun Boy Three sums up how I feel about all this.