A little "ill informed, idle speculation for you on a Friday night" as you lot won't leave me alone.
Ok, so you are millionaire Mark Shooter. You are a newly elected Barnet Tory Councillor and you have come to the conclusion, in three short months that the people at the top of the Barnet Tory party are a complete shower of ....... Most of them haven't got a clue who you are.
One day, whilst idly playing with your ducks in the bath you think to yourself "I know, I've got a cunning plan. I'll stand against the leader. No one knows who I am, Hillan has them all in her pocket, I'll lose and then I'll be ostracised and look stupid". You put your cunning plan to a few other Barnet newboys and they say "Hey Mark, that's a great plan, sign me up".
You then go and enact your plan and it works perfectly. You can then have all the fun of being barked at by Brian Coleman, sit on your own in the council chamber and skulk off.
Now I've never met Mark Shooter, so I've no idea whether he's a genius of this magnitude or not. What I do know is that he made a serious amount of money and has been very successful in business. Whatever he did or didn't expect, unless he's completely bonkers he did better than he could have reasonably hoped.
What does this mean? Well, this is wild speculation, but I suspect it means that his plan is far more cunning than the one I outlined above. If so, then what we've seen so far is just a preliminary skirmish. If I was Lynne Hillan, I'd put the Champagne back on ice.