I see one of my erstwhile colleagues (loose description) at the London Assembly – Tory Brian Coleman – has employed his usual tact and sensitivity to my own local.
Brian, a Conservative London Assembly member, has described Haringey as “ghastly” writing in his blog on the New Statesman website – describing (wrongly!) Haringey as a place “where decent folk lock their car doors as they drive through”.
All one can conclude is that Brian is snobbish, rude, and ill-informed as his remarks show. He is often billed as ‘controversial’ – presumably on account of such insults – but there is a great difference between controversial and ignorant.
My Lib Dem colleague and Leader of the Haringey Liberal Democrat Council group, Neil Williams, put it very well:
“This is exactly why the Tories are so unelectable in our borough. Haringey is a great place and a vibrant and cosmopolitan community – and that is exactly the way we locals like it.
“It’s the same old nasty Tories. They have no idea what Haringey is like and should be ashamed of their comments.”
Of course – the good news – is that there are no Tories at all on Haringey Council – and indeed – Tories came fourth at the last local elections and a very distant third at the General Election of 2005. Cause and effect!