On the day the purple spots of UKIP started to pop up across the English shires, one former prominent Conservative councillor got even more than just a drubbing at the polls.
Brian Coleman, former mayor of Barnet, former chair of the London Assembly and chair of the London fire brigade, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman cafe owner who tried to film him breaking his own parking regulations.
Rather than acknowledge that he was breaking the law and the hypocrisy of what he was doing, Coleman resorted to violence that might be associated with a common street brawler. He hit her and grabbed her breast in his attempt to snatch her Iphone..
The representative of the party of law and order ended up with a £1400 fine and restitution for injuries to Helen Michael. For all the gory details of the hearing and the remarkable silence from his fellow Tory councillors in Barnet, read the detailed and tremendous account by Mrs Angry, on her very popular Broken Barnet blog ( http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk ).
Frankly after Mr Coleman’s attack on decent firefighters in London, his botched privatisation of the London fire service through AssetCo and his rude attacks on other Barnet citizens, including a desperate single mum, justice was done.
I am sure it is only a matter of time before Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, feels moved to disown his behaviour. Or perhaps not . it is too embarrassing for Tory words.