here is an extract from the Reading Greens' press release:
EMBARGOED UNTIL 7 A.M. MONDAY, MAY 23.
TITLE: Greens won't perpetuate Con-Dem coalition
Greens say that none of their discussions with the other main parties have led to totally satisfactory outcomes and that they will not be joining in any coalition.
A consequence of this decision is that they will not be offering their support to either side in the coming contest over the positions of mayor and council leader.
With the Greens withholding support from both sides, the arithmetic of the new council make-up opens the door to the formation of a minority Labour administration.
Greens say that the only alternative would have been to provide active support for Con-Dem nominees, and that an alliance with the architects of public service cuts was simply a step too far.
So that's that then. A minority Labour administration for another year, following which they hope to take two or three seats from the LibDems and get a majority. Thanks Greens, bring on the brown envelopes. Next step an elected mayor, and we know who THAT'S going to be, don't we children?