A war of words has broken out between a controversial councillor and the organisers of a community festival over Barnet Council’s handling of the event.I haven't been to the Finchley Carnival since I was four years old - yes, it was already going back then - and I don't know what it's like these days. However, I am inclined to believe the Festival organisers' take on this argument. Especially when Coleman comes out with such choice, Big Society-friendly comments as this:
Members of Finchley Festival’s organising committee say they have had to pull the plug on it because the council had tried to “monetise” it by bringing in a bigger funfair.
But Councillor Brian Coleman, who is in charge of parks, hit back describing last year’s event as a “rip off” and claiming the council is trying to save the show, which was known as the Finchley Carnival.
“They have been told that because of the appalling show they had on last year, which was a rip-off to the people of Finchley, they need to up their game.Way to go, Brian. How to win friends and influence people.
“They can run a community event that weekend, but the council will bring in a funfair for them to enjoy and split it with the carnival committee to put on events.”
Anyway, what is it with Coleman and funfairs? I've noticed an increase in the number in Montrose Park near me. I guess the council gets a good fee from the fair organisers. It certainly seems rather tawdry entertainment for a man known for his champagne tastes.