Monday, 13 July 2009
The Bart Simpson defence
The Barnet Times reports today that Mr Toad's preliminary misconduct hearing will be held this Thursday (behind closed doors - worse luck). This remember, is the hearing that the leader of Barnet council: Mike Freer gave Mr Toad ten thousand pounds of our money for, to spend on solicitors (even though he already had some solicitors paid for). Anyway, it seems that the councillors code of conduct requires him to "treat others with respect". It is alleged that his description of an opponent as "an obsessive, poisonous individual" is in breach of that code. Hmm.
Personally, I think he will employ the Bart Simpson defence (outlined in detail above) - however, I'd advise those responsible for reaching a verdict that Mr Toad can be a slippery fellow, as recent evidence shows.
On the misconduct investigation:
"This investigation has absolutely nothing to do with me, nothing whatsoever, and if you say otherwise you will be hearing from my solicitor." ~ Brian Coleman May 2009. Ahem.
On publishing his expenses:
"I won't do it voluntarily. It's none of the public's business." ~ Brian Coleman 7 July 2009. Ah!
"The mad, bad and the sad, the bloggers on the internet" ~ Brian Coleman 7 July 2009. Oh dear!