Disgraced former Barnet councillor Brian Coleman mocks cancer patient

Times Series: The tweets between Brian Coleman and Roger Tichborne The tweets between Brian Coleman and Roger Tichborne

Disgraced former Barnet councillor Brian Coleman has been labelled a “buffoon with verbal incontinence” after he mocked a cancer patient on Twitter.

Coleman told Twitter user Roger Tichborne, who has prostate cancer and regularly blogs about his condition, “with your constant attacks on the Mayor and me and others it must be the hate in you, rather than the cancer which is eating you”.

The remarks came after Coleman, who was convicted of assault for attacking Cafe Buzz owner Helen Michael in September 2012, announced he had been named as president of the Barnet Rotary Club.

Mr Tichborne, who blogs under the name @Rog_T, replied saying: “It appears Barnet Rotary Club condone criminals who attack women. A very sad day indeed.”

And when one user said discussing people’s illnesses on Twitter was “ugly stuff”, Coleman replied: “He writes long rambling blogs about his illness for all the world to 'enjoy'”.

Mr Tichborne told the Times Series: “Given that he beats women up I’m not surprised. I’m fairly thick skinned about these things so I’m not at all upset.

“However, the man has a screw loose. He’s a complete buffoon who says really stupid things, and he’s got verbal incontinence when it comes to Twitter.

“It seems like everyone thinks it’s bang out of order, it’s horrible. He needs to take a long, hard look at himself.

“Is that what he wants to do with his life? To go round upsetting people?

“The Barnet Rotary Club should take him to task with this – it’s totally untenable.”

Coleman has since faced a barrage of criticism for the comments by other Twitter users, who have called him "vile" and a "troll insulting cancer sufferers".

Coleman was expelled from the Conservative party after he admitted to attacking Ms Michael and then stood as an Independent councillor in Totteridge, before he was ousted from his seat in the May 23 elections.

Over the years, he found himself facing various complaints – in April 2013 he was found guilty of calling a psychiatric nurse a “tw*t” during a council meeting.

Mr Tichborne now hopes Coleman’s “insensitive” comments do not put anyone off from getting help for cancer symptoms or speaking up with their stories.

He added: “Brian needs to take a long, hard look at himself.

“It might satisfy some sort of short term need for him to have a pop at me, but looking at the bigger picture it’s an ignorant thing to do.

“Going public with my cancer has encouraged others to get tested too – some say it’s even saved their lives.

“But ridiculing me for having cancer could put people off from having a check up. If it does, it’s a really evil thing to do.”

The Times Series has been unable to contact both Brian Coleman and the Barnet Rotary Club for comment.

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5:43pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

I would like to hear from Barnet Rotary club as to why they think this man, with a criminal record for assaulting a woman, and long catalogue of offensive remarks, could possibly be a suitable candidate for any office. How can they not see that such an appointment brings the Rotary movement into serious disrepute?

I am sure that people will be utterly disgusted by his latest comments, taunting someone over their illness, and I would hope that the Rotary movement would agree that Coleman's behaviour is completely at odds with their principles and their expectations of members.
I would like to hear from Barnet Rotary club as to why they think this man, with a criminal record for assaulting a woman, and long catalogue of offensive remarks, could possibly be a suitable candidate for any office. How can they not see that such an appointment brings the Rotary movement into serious disrepute? I am sure that people will be utterly disgusted by his latest comments, taunting someone over their illness, and I would hope that the Rotary movement would agree that Coleman's behaviour is completely at odds with their principles and their expectations of members. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 19

7:11pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sensiblefellow says...

Interestingly, Coleman's reprehensible behaviour was enough even for the Tories, such that they booted him out -- albeit directly from CCO, since CCO did not trust the local association to do it!
Interestingly, Coleman's reprehensible behaviour was enough even for the Tories, such that they booted him out -- albeit directly from CCO, since CCO did not trust the local association to do it! sensiblefellow
  • Score: 14

10:45pm Tue 8 Jul 14

V 4 Vengance says...

I have shown this article to my employers who are absolutely disgusted with the Rotary Club for having any dealings with this despicable pig of a man. Their considerable support will now be channeled to a more deserving cause.
I have shown this article to my employers who are absolutely disgusted with the Rotary Club for having any dealings with this despicable pig of a man. Their considerable support will now be channeled to a more deserving cause. V 4 Vengance
  • Score: 24

11:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

nlygo says...

"V for Vengeance" - clearly it's all in the name.
"V for Vengeance" - clearly it's all in the name. nlygo
  • Score: -14

7:20am Wed 9 Jul 14

Barnet Parker says...

I checked out Barnet Rotary's website after I saw Coleman's tweets. It asks for people who have time on their hands. That seems the only qualification Coleman has to assist them in their otherwise laudable aims following his rejection by the good people of Totteridge. Barnet Rotary really should reconsider his appointment as president before he drags them down the route of disrepute he brought the Barnet Tories to.
I checked out Barnet Rotary's website after I saw Coleman's tweets. It asks for people who have time on their hands. That seems the only qualification Coleman has to assist them in their otherwise laudable aims following his rejection by the good people of Totteridge. Barnet Rotary really should reconsider his appointment as president before he drags them down the route of disrepute he brought the Barnet Tories to. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 20

4:52pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Cadwallader says...

Stay classy Brian.
Stay classy Brian. Cadwallader
  • Score: -6

6:42pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Cadwallader wrote:
Stay classy Brian.
WTF?
[quote][p][bold]Cadwallader[/bold] wrote: Stay classy Brian.[/p][/quote]WTF? Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 2

12:27am Thu 10 Jul 14

Cadwallader says...

I think Barnet Conservative party are doing a brilliant job of soiling their own reputations without Brian. Don't give the man credit for achievements beyond his limitations.
I think Barnet Conservative party are doing a brilliant job of soiling their own reputations without Brian. Don't give the man credit for achievements beyond his limitations. Cadwallader
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

dawboy says...

What a truly vile individual this man is. No doubt the like minded buffoons will once again pat him on the back for being an obnoxious idiot and feel sorry for him.
What a truly vile individual this man is. No doubt the like minded buffoons will once again pat him on the back for being an obnoxious idiot and feel sorry for him. dawboy
  • Score: 7
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