Warren "War Zones" Bradley won't take the hint, nor, it seems, will just over half of the remaining Fib Dem councillors in Liverpool (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2010/05/18/warren-bradley-survives-leadership-challenge-100252-26466584/ ).
Bradley survived a leadership challenge from Grassendale councillor Paula Keaveney by 20 votes to 17 & Cllr Keaveney was anxious to put a brave face on her defeat this morning (http://paulakeaveney.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-i-stood-for-lib-dem-leader.html ).
As for the Fib Dem leader himself, he was in bullish mood after the vote, supplying the pliant Echo hack with a few gems:
"[Bradley] said it was important the party got back to basics.
"He said he had been encouraged to carry on as leader not just by members of the Lib Dem group but also by others outside."
Somewhere down the corridor Joe Anderson could be heard sniggering like a schoolboy.
However, that laughter will stop before long. Oh yes, it will; you see, Warren has friends in high places, despite the city's verdict on his reign of ruin, & he's determined to use such friendships in the interests of the city:
"He said Liverpool should not expect savage cuts from the Tories like it suffered in the 1980s. And he added: '(Deputy Prime Minister) Nick Clegg has given me assurances that will not happen.
" 'Social justice that Liberal Democrats believe in will be a golden vein that runs through the coalition government.' "
So there we have it. In contrast to the rest of the UK, Liverpool will be spared the swingeing cuts that Cameron & his mate Clegg have lined up. Nick's told him.
And if Warren claims that Nick's told him, we believe it. Don't we?