He managed to offend a far larger number of people than usual, since more of them than usual turned up to spectate the meeting. Many of those in the public gallery were "ordinary" Barnet residents who had come to have their say - they didn't get that - on the planned parking fee rises.
Mrs Angry has a full description of proceedings.
The Times series reports Coleman as saying:
“We are proposing to increase parking charges to less than £2 per week, less than the price of a cup of coffee. We will not entertain this type sort [sic] of nonsense from hysterical, over-the-top residents.”A resident described their reaction:
David Berger, 32, has lived in Golders Green for five years and said he was “appalled” by the behaviour of Tory councillors.According to the Times, Coleman topped off his bravura performance by flippantly dismissing people's concerns about the council cutting the budget for school crossing patrols:
He said: “They showed sheer arrogance and rudeness.
“One of the councillors got up and said we should leave Barnet if we can’t afford the parking charges – I was stunned silent.
“Councillor Brian Coleman doesn’t seem to understand what residents want and need."
“Ten schools are still funded centrally. Of those ten four wish to retire. It's open to schools to make their own crossing patrol arrangements, just as they make their own staffing arrangements.Coleman needs a kick up the backside, but he won't get one. For Barnet's Tories he is a useful sponge soaking up residents' growing rage.
“Simply, quite why we're funding ten patrols when the other 110 schools in the borough make their own arrangements no-one can remember.”
But if Coleman angers you, you can come and join the march this Sunday, vent a bit, and join the increasingly united opposition to him.