Barnet politician Brian Coleman sparks outrage with Peaches Geldof comment

Times Series: Ms Geldof was found dead at her Kent home yesterday at the age of just 25 Ms Geldof was found dead at her Kent home yesterday at the age of just 25

A senior politician in Barnet has sparked outrage on Twitter for his “crass, obnoxious and nasty” comments on the death of Peaches Geldof.

The controversial former Tory Brian Coleman tweeted a link to the Daily Telegraph’s obituary to the second daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, commenting: “Sad, but what was the point of her life? Hardly deserving of a long DT (Daily Telegraph) obit.”

Writer and fashion designer Ms Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent yesterday afternoon at the age of just 25.

Police say her death was “sudden and unexplained". She leaves behind a husband and two sons.

Councillor Coleman’s comments in the early hours of this morning sparked a volley of responses from the Twitter community.

Blogger Roger Tichborne wrote: “The sort of totally crass, obnoxious comment, lacking in compassion that we expect from Coleman.#norespect.”

A fellow Barnet writer, Theresa Musgrove, added: “What was the point of her life? How would her family feel at this time, to read such a remark, you ghastly man?”

Councillor Coleman, a former GLA member and ex-advisor to Boris Johnson, was expelled from the Conservative party last year after being convicted of common assault.

He is standing for re-election, non-aligned to any party, in his home ward of Totteridge in May.

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11:05am Tue 8 Apr 14

BarnetTrader says...

What a vile little man.If he's lucky, his obit will be a footnote in the Chipping Barnet Conservative Association newsletter. But I suspect not even that.
What a vile little man.If he's lucky, his obit will be a footnote in the Chipping Barnet Conservative Association newsletter. But I suspect not even that. BarnetTrader
  • Score: 22

11:21am Tue 8 Apr 14

Barnet Parker says...

Hi BT,
His political obit has already been written. Tragically he doesn't appear to have noticed.
Hi BT, His political obit has already been written. Tragically he doesn't appear to have noticed. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 28

12:38pm Tue 8 Apr 14

barnet123 says...

Anyone who votes for this fat buffoon is mental
Anyone who votes for this fat buffoon is mental barnet123
  • Score: 20

1:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

poada says...

This would have been harsh coming from an inebriated pre-teen, go and play on the motorway Brian, and do us all a favour.
This would have been harsh coming from an inebriated pre-teen, go and play on the motorway Brian, and do us all a favour. poada
  • Score: 17

5:53pm Tue 8 Apr 14

dawboy says...

Once again Coleman displays just obnoxious he is. Those unfortunate to have encountered him in his political prime can no doubt attest to this. Now that his political career is all but over Coleman doesn't even bother to put on any pretence of charm and politeness, but shows his true self.
No matter how desperate for publicity this pathetic has been Coleman is, there is no justification for commenting on the death of a young women who he has never met let alone making nasty comments.
In my humble opinion any person who still votes for this individual at the next local elections really does need to examine their morality and conscience.
Once again Coleman displays just obnoxious he is. Those unfortunate to have encountered him in his political prime can no doubt attest to this. Now that his political career is all but over Coleman doesn't even bother to put on any pretence of charm and politeness, but shows his true self. No matter how desperate for publicity this pathetic has been Coleman is, there is no justification for commenting on the death of a young women who he has never met let alone making nasty comments. In my humble opinion any person who still votes for this individual at the next local elections really does need to examine their morality and conscience. dawboy
  • Score: 20

6:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Cadwallader says...

At the end of the day the question on everyone's lips regarding Brian Coleman is: “Sad, but what is the point of her life?"
At the end of the day the question on everyone's lips regarding Brian Coleman is: “Sad, but what is the point of her life?" Cadwallader
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Coleman made the remarks in the full and certain knowledge that it would provoke the response that it has. He subscribes to the view that it is better to be talked about than not talked about. If you just ignore him, he will go away. Don't rise to the bait.

I am fairly certain that the Geldof family have more important things to worry about at this time than the odious views of a has-been politician.
Coleman made the remarks in the full and certain knowledge that it would provoke the response that it has. He subscribes to the view that it is better to be talked about than not talked about. If you just ignore him, he will go away. Don't rise to the bait. I am fairly certain that the Geldof family have more important things to worry about at this time than the odious views of a has-been politician. Don't Call Me Dave
  • Score: 11

7:04pm Tue 8 Apr 14

You don't fool me says...

This is a "has nearly been" looking for attention. Karma.
This is a "has nearly been" looking for attention. Karma. You don't fool me
  • Score: 9

1:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Only a diseased mind would publicly ask, “… what was the point of her life?" My response is to ask, “What is the point of the life of a gross, obnoxious, aggressive and morally bankrupt failed politician?” If any life must be lost unexpectedly, it would surely be better if it were that of some such person rather than that of a young married woman, the loving mother of two infant children, who hails from a family that has already suffered more than its fair share of tragedy.

If Peaches Geldof deliberately ended her life, it was perhaps because she could not bear continuing to live in a world that can tolerate such a loathsome monster as Brian Coleman.
Only a diseased mind would publicly ask, “… what was the point of her life?" My response is to ask, “What is the point of the life of a gross, obnoxious, aggressive and morally bankrupt failed politician?” If any life must be lost unexpectedly, it would surely be better if it were that of some such person rather than that of a young married woman, the loving mother of two infant children, who hails from a family that has already suffered more than its fair share of tragedy. If Peaches Geldof deliberately ended her life, it was perhaps because she could not bear continuing to live in a world that can tolerate such a loathsome monster as Brian Coleman. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 16

5:30pm Thu 10 Apr 14

nlygo says...

ok everyone. enough anti-Coleman bashing for this week. please.
ok everyone. enough anti-Coleman bashing for this week. please. nlygo
  • Score: -17

8:35pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Rog T says...

Well at least we know who nlygo is now.
Well at least we know who nlygo is now. Rog T
  • Score: 6

9:13am Sat 12 Apr 14

Barnet Parker says...

Be fair nlygo we only have until May 22nd to get our anti-Coleman bashing in. At that point he becomes an irrelevance.
Be fair nlygo we only have until May 22nd to get our anti-Coleman bashing in. At that point he becomes an irrelevance. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 8

3:52pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Mr E Dance says...

........evil little troll.
........evil little troll. Mr E Dance
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Fri 2 May 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

nlygo wrote:
ok everyone. enough anti-Coleman bashing for this week. please.
Personally, I'm in favour of Coleman-bashing, since he so clearly deserves it. But I agree that we have had enough of nlygo's opposition to Coleman-bashing.
[quote][p][bold]nlygo[/bold] wrote: ok everyone. enough anti-Coleman bashing for this week. please.[/p][/quote]Personally, I'm in favour of Coleman-bashing, since he so clearly deserves it. But I agree that we have had enough of nlygo's opposition to Coleman-bashing. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: -1

4:28pm Fri 2 May 14

nlygo says...

you'll all miss me when I'm gone
you'll all miss me when I'm gone nlygo
  • Score: 0

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