There are two very happy bunnies snuggling up in bed as I write this. Leader of the Labour group in Barnet Council, Alison Moore and Tory Chief whip Brian Coleman (no not together, perish the thought).
It is now common knowledge that the attempted Coup by disgruntled Tory Councillors has fizzled out. As it stands, three will vote for the motion of no confidence and a maximum of three will get a headache and not show up. Brian Coleman has let it be known that any Tories who vote with the opposition will lose the whip, lose all committee postings and be ostracised. Of the 18 councillors who voted for Shooter, 12 have told Coleman they will vote with the party. Expect a minimum of two bye elections in coming months. Coleman has been saying that Shooter has lost the plot and is walking the streets of Barnet shouting rude words (well not quite, but I'm sure you get my drift) and thinks it is hilarious. As for Shooter, he's gone to ground, drawn the curtains and isn't taking any calls (and I don't mean from me).
As for Alison Moore, the last thing she wanted was to see the back of Hillan and Coleman. She's privately chuffed (although it is fair to say she can't stand the pair of them). Probably the only person to come out of this with their image enhanced is Lib Dem leader Jack Cohen, who's motion has exposed the Tories as completely two faced, voting against Hillan last week and for Hillan this week.
I suspect that this will not really give Jack too much satisfaction as he dearly hoped that he'd actually managed to see off Hillan and Coleman for a couple of days.