Our spies at the meeting report that Coleman flounced out of the chamber to avoid the embarrassment of listening to the decision being read out (watch this rather entertaining video). As ever Coleman has used his twitter account to launch yet another sexist blast at female members of the public
@BrokenBarnet didn't notice them, gallery virtually empty except for six or so Lab Council candidates some of the sad,mad hags missing
— Brian Coleman (@BrianTotteridge) September 11, 2013
Colemans defence seems to have taken two strands. The first is that because he was elected as a Councillor, he can do what he likes and the second was that because the Council had changed their standards complaint system since the offence, he should be let off scott free. The whole sorry case has rumbled on for months on end and in reality the punishment was that Mr Coleman got told off. I have spent time in the Replublic of Belarus, prior to the breakup of the USSR, where there is a saying which I am reminded of in this case. Roughly translated it says this "The castrated boar can mount the sow but neither ends up happy". It refers to the fact that when a Boar is castrated, it takes the stupid beast rather a long time to realise he's lost his virility and in the meantime, everyone else suffers. Rather like Coleman since he was kicked out of the Conservative Party.
The Barnet Times has a report on the events here http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/10666495.Coleman_storms_out_of_meeting_as_swearing_breach_is_upheld/ - Brian Coleman will stand for election as an Independent Councillor in May 2014. The Barnet Eye sincerely hopes that this will mark the end of a very sorry chapter in the history of Barnet Council.