Brian Coleman in “mad, bad and sad” expenses smokescreen

London Assembly Member Brian Coleman is refusing to publish details of his expenses, despite the Mayor, his advisors and the other 24 members of the Assembly agreeing to do so voluntarily.

Apparently a graduate of the Anthony Steen Charm School for Politicians, Coleman has blamed bloggers for being interested in how taxpayers’ money is spent:

“I won’t do it voluntarily. It’s none of the public’s business. They have coped well without knowing this kind of detail for more than 75 years. They are not entitled to drool over our personal lives. I’m not going to help the mad, bad and the sad, the bloggers on the internet. I’m not pandering to mob rule. It undermines democracy to suggest that all MPs, all politicians are the spawn of Beelzebub.

“Politicians with lower expenses tend to be the politicians who do least work. Those with higher expenses are the ones who do most work.” [London Evening Standard]

Hard to see how “the most work” extends to running up a £378 taxi bill, mostly as a result of asking a cab to wait from him with the meter running while he attended a banquet.

Even Mayor Boris Johnson is said to be “disappointed” at Coleman’s lack of transparency.

See Adam Bienkov’s analysis at Tory Troll on why Brian Coleman is an expensive liability for Boris.

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in London and News.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/15581 for Twitter and emails.

4 Comments

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarHarry Hayfield 19th Apr - 12:48pm
    I am intrigued by the comment "Given the dominance of white men in the party leadership – our leader, deputy leader, party president and all...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 19th Apr - 12:47pm
    Steve Webb is thinking along the right lines in proposing a flat rate of 30% tax relief on pensions. However, as Eddie Sammon notes in...
  • User AvatarMark Valladares 19th Apr - 12:41pm
    It might be better if candidates could get nominations from ordinary members, but the number of nominees would need to be increased somewhat, and candidates...
  • User AvatarTracy 19th Apr - 12:37pm
    If members did not want her on FPC then how does she expect to be voted President?
  • User AvatarJennie 19th Apr - 12:35pm
    Yes
  • User AvatarMick Humphreys 19th Apr - 12:16pm
    I find it curious that some people should comment without having read the book. It is well written and makes many thought- provoking comments. It...