I was saddened but not surprised to learn of the passing of Councillor Brian Gordon, a long serving member of the Council, who represented bith Hale and Edgware wards. I was not surprised, as I was informed by a friendly Barnet Conservative councillor a while back that he was seriously ill and may not be long of this world. As a blogger who can be quite critical of councillors, I do appreciate such heads ups. It should never be part of blogging to upset families of people who are ill.
For me, Councillor Brian Gordon was a favourite of mine. Not because I agreed with just about anything he said, but because he was the chair of the first council meeting I ever attended, and when I wrote the blog, he emailed me to say how much he enjoyed the blog, but suggested I could be more respectful to Councillor John Hart, as he was knocking on in years and I surely wouldn't want to feel responsible if my blogging caused him to croak. Interestingly, a couple of years later I was having a drink with John and I recounted that story. His response was "The cheeky so and so, I can assure you I'll outlive that b@gger". So it transpires. I have long thought John Hart is really a Jedi Knight, trying his hardest not to succumb completely to the dark side (and not always succeeding).
Councillor Gordon was always acerbically polite to me in council, on a couple of occasions when I saw him in a social setting, he was far more friendly, not completely averse to passing a tasty nugget of information which may be helpful to a blog where he had an axe to grind on a particular subject. Like most of the Barnet Councillors, he knew that he could trust me not to dob him in for such things. Councillor Gordon was set to become Mayor, but the Covid19 crisis and the grim reaper intervened. I had only recently learned that we were both alumni of Orange Hill School, he was a fair bit older, but I suspect that may have been one reason for his friendly non business demeanour. There have been many sad reminiscences on the Ex OHS facebook page. I wish I'd twigged this earlier!
I thought I'd share my first ever blog to feature Councillor Gordon, the one that prompted his comments.This was published in the Barnet Times , back when everyone read it! It is interesting to recall how different things used to be in Barnet Council, before they completely removed real public engagement - The original is here.
Councillor Brian Gordon RIP