It isn't a good week to be a Liberal Democrat - but then it rarely is.
Those of you with an anorak-like interest in the minutiae of Birmingham politics will know that Cllr John Hemming (one-term MP of this parish) is fighting like crazy to hang onto the chairmanship of the Birmingham Strategic Partnership. He's been fighting a desperate rear-guard action so that he doesn't lose the power that this offers - he's even thrown the lawyers at it (quelle surprise) and got the press involved, claiming that the government wants him out.
It seems that the government aren't alone in this.
Friday saw a meeting of the BSP board and one of the items on the agenda is the chairmanship. Letter after letter is attached, suggesting that the chair should, logically enough, be held by the council leadership, not a mere backbencher. Although it isn't minuted, it is my understanding that there was also an indicative vote taken and it came to pass that the board don't want him either.
Never mind, John. Si Hughes reckons that a landslide is around the corner - go back to your constituencies and prepare to be buried.