Potential MEP candidate Jean-Paul Floru gets foot stuck in mouth

Jean-Paul Floru get foot stuck in mouth

Jean-Paul Floru gets foot stuck in mouth

When Westminster Councillor J P Floru was asked in an email “If these charges are so unobtrusive and such a light burden on people, why is it that you and your fellow councillors have felt the need to vote yourselves free parking in the Borough?”

Councillor J P Floru replied “Councillors do not enjoy free parking. Poor research and wild allegations, once again. Get your facts right.”

Oh yes they do, perhaps you did not see the link to the source document in the bottom of our post then, it came from Westminster City Council. Did Floru find it so incredible that his fellow councillors could be such a bunch of hypocrites. Could he just not believe that after voting for bikes to carry on paying to park – they, in fact, allow themselves free parking in Westminster. With your ambitions on being an MEP Floru you are just like many other of your Tory council colleagues, you are serving your own interests and not the residents of Westminster.

Floru who is trying to be an MEP went on to further embarrass himself by describing the residents of Westminster who have been peacefully protesting against the bike parking fees as follows:

“You may not be aware of the terror campaign these bikers have waged against us Councillors and against the general population working and living in Westminster.  We have been abused and slandered, bombarded with insulting e-mail; traffic has been blocked on numerous occasions at great inconvenience to the general population, lies have been spread, meetings disturbed, etc.

We think Floru should try standing out in the freezing cold rain with a mobile phone in one hand and a credit card in the other, would he find that an inconvenience? Perhaps you would like to try being a resident of Westminster, and have your emails ignored and your ward councillors refuse to meet or discuss the bike parking tax, would you find that insulting JP, well would you?

When the Chairman of the NoToBikeParkingFees campaign asked Westminster’s Peter Large, Head of Legal Services, if Floru speaks for all Westminster Councillors, Large replied “I’m afraid that it still appears to me that a great deal of the correspondence from you and your supporters is designed to harass and annoy, rather than to advance the debate.” Duh, so not only are we terrorist, but even asking questions is annoying the council, good, we pay your wages you selfish prat.

“Terror campaign – Get real – WCC are weak, hypocritical, a little stupid, very insensitive, arrogant, fiscally incompetent, socially inept, politically vague, economical with the truth, not very bright, lack foresight, have a poor grasp of the English language [bully boy tactics!!!], desperate [to hide their incompetence] – They are just one of the councils who have invested abroad when a child would know when a high investment return seems too good to be true – it actually IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. There again how else can WCC maintain their expenses – SCREW THE PUBLIC AGAIN.
Are they so bereft of Social Accountability and Moral Status that they resort to juvenile responses, adolescent threats and a delinquent’s rational?
Their stupidity had galvanised a whole section of society that would normally have maintained a more subdued and quiet social pattern – The cat is out of the bag now – Government and Councils with or without their inflated allowances and porn movies had better wake up and smell the coffee.
This is of THEIR making and the PUBLIC – who they are paid to SERVE – have had enough.”


Floru’s email confirmed by Westminster’s Peter Large, Legal department.

Councillors free parking confirmed by FOI request answer from Westminster City Council

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MonkeyMay 3rd, 2009 at 12:15 am

What a bloody liar this Floru! He said that he didn’t have a free parking permit… yeah right… is this because he suddenly forgot his special treatment… He’s a councillor of Westminster City Council you know… he deserves a special treatment… my arse! Or perhaps he’s now going to accuse the lady who responded to the Freedom of Information request to have lied?

Conservative party = group of liars.

JP FloruMay 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 am

Councillors still have to pay for ResPark. Therefore their parking is not free. Get your facts right.

Sue RudkinMay 3rd, 2009 at 10:46 am

The facts are correct. You do not have to pay for a parking permit in any of the Westminster zones. You need to check what your own officers have reported as fact.

I am not clear as to why exactly do you need such a permit. Can you tell me, as a resident, why do Councillors need a free permit over and above us Westminster residents?

If its not an important issue, then I would invite you to relinquish the facility.

JayMay 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 am

JP Floru should have a go at the FOI team who provide the information if he’s not happy with it. he should make them get their facts right. The fact that FOI have provided the list of Conservative councillors who enjoy free parking in Westminster while they force the public to pay and register with this horrible pay by phone system is absolutely outrageous. When you implement something and force people to follow it, you should show the right example, shouldn’t you? Oh and Floru wants to be re-elected…!!!!???? Oh well, good luck to him! He won’t get my vote, that’s for sure, as if he lies on this issue, on what other issue(s) has he lied or will he lie?

Mark1May 3rd, 2009 at 11:07 am

Sounds like Floru is not even aware of his own benefits! Get YOUR facts right Floru and stop mis-leading the public, that doesn’t good look on you as a councillor who wants to be re-elected next year!

AliceMay 3rd, 2009 at 11:55 am

Jean-Paul Floru how could you possibly say that Councillors do not have free parking in the whole of Westminster when the Westminster Freedom Of Information answer clearly states that you have a free permit yourself?
I think this is an excellent example of how when Westminster City Council Councillors are criticised they will rather fight back with lies, rather than an apology and admit they were wrong.

Shame on you JP Floru you are just as disingenuous as all the other Conservative politicians. We only want honest politicians representing us in Europe, thank you.

DarrenMay 3rd, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Forget Floru and vote for someone else who is honest, reliable and doesn’t lie to get into the political ladder. Let Europe be managed by honest politicians, not liars like Floru.

MikeMay 3rd, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I think that fact he does not simply say sorry, he got it wrong says everything I need to know about this man to decide not to vote for him. He’s revealed his true colours.

ConsideringLeavingMay 3rd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Floru is just another European Parliament gravy train wannabe, is it really a shock he’d lie?

Either Floru is right or the FOI is right, I know where I’d put my life savings if I were a gambler.

Floru is another arsehole wanting to line his own pockets, he cares fuck all about the residents of Westminster, make no mistake.

BikeloverMay 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Floru a candidate for the European elections??? Ah ah ah, we don’t want a bloody liar to represent us in Europe. So Westminster is lead by Conservative liars: Cllr Burbridge who lied at the scrutiny committee meeting by referring to a ficticious French report which states that motorcycles pollute more than hummers. When asked to provide a copy of the report, she delibarately ignored the various requests and the Freedom of Information department confirmed that the council did not hold such report. What a bloody liar this Burbridge! Perhaps lying is a speciality of female species to employ her terminology in a sexist email that she wrote back in March. But no, it’s a Conservative speciality to lie and mislead the public, as now it’s Floru who is lying about his free parking benefit.

I wonder which Conservative Councillor at Westminster is not making the council look foolish, unprofessional and incompetent. Forget your European ambitions Floru, you will be lucky if you are not voted out of office next year at the local council elections.

AnnMay 3rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I think the facts of this are very clear, Westminster City Council have confirmed that yes, Councillors do enjoy a free parking permit. Councillor Floru has one himself, so even though he obviously knew about the free parking permit he did not know about the published FOI request, which has exposed him as a liar.

Perhaps one of the national newspapers should take it from here.

Sarah JMay 4th, 2009 at 8:23 am

Appalling behavior by Floru, but not surprising as he likes Thatcher so much.

Typical that Florus favorite quotation is: “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Ronald Reagan

If it moves tax it, just like Westminster City Council then, Floru you’re even worse at politics than you are at art, and that’s saying somthing.

TomosinMay 4th, 2009 at 11:27 am

This guy Floru is a piece of work isn’t he. He should have either said he made a mistake, or just shut the hell up.

Go suck FloruMay 4th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

IPSOS Mori Poll 2008

Question: “Would you tell me if you generally trust Politicians to tell the truth or not?”

Out of over 2000 people asked if Politicians tell the truth only 21% said yes.

Jean-Paul Floru you are the problem NOT the answer.

Do the decent thing and get out of politics.

PaulMay 4th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

The man just can’t see when he’s wrong.

TerryMay 4th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

I liked this comment about Floru in Telegraph online

“As a former Conservative Party Parliamentary candidate I am ASHAMED of the modern conservative party and the total sell-out it has been a party to and still is. (the rigging of Euro-Candidates happening right now for example) “

Paul WiffenMay 4th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Floru is like all Tories. They will say whatever you want to get elected then do whatever they like once elected. No more stealth taxes (except bike parking charges in Westminster)

Note the current waffer-thin veneer of Euro-scepticism in Tory rhetoric. But don’t worry, it will only last till June 5th.

Vote UKIP on June 4th to undermine Tory lies. Labour’s own poll says they will be fourth, we beat the Lib Dems into fourth last time, so chances are we are currently second. But a few more following Stuart Wheeler’s lead and we could finaklly get across the majority view of the British people: we don’t want to be in the EU (55% according to BBC Politics Show poll)

MrCMay 5th, 2009 at 10:54 am

Another Clown, It seems that the Conservatives are running a training camp for clowns at Westminster Council.

I dear say they will consider this comment terrifying!

RichardMay 17th, 2009 at 6:26 am

How can you tell that a politician is lying?
His mouth is open!

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