The labour movement in Barnet and Camden celebrated last week as Tory Brian Coleman lost his London Assembly seat. If incoming London Mayor Boris Johnson has any sense he will also remove Coleman from the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, cheering up the Fire Brigades Union as well.
Coleman, self-styled “King of Bling”, is notorious for his rudeness to residents and even fellow Conservative politicians, for his greed at public expense — exorbitant taxi fares a speciality — and for his right-wing policies: he once boasted there was nothing he wouldn’t privatise.
But Coleman is only the unacceptable face of current Tory policies and of the rottenness of the bourgeois political system. The Labour candidate, Andrew Dismore, who beat him, supports Royal Mail privatisation.
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Total raised so far: £12,848
We only raised £55 last week. We will raise our £20,000 target by September — but only if we return to previous weeks’ better totals. Thanks to Dan and Vicki for donations.