'what Joseph Chamberlain, in 19th century Birmingham, called the 'municipal gospel' - the good news of reform, improvement and rebuilding. If ever a city needed a gospel, 19th century Birmingham was it...but Chamberlain had a bolder vision for Birmingham. The centre of Birmingham became an economic powerhouse, and a place of beautiful urban design. I want us to recover his spirit. The spirit of civic pride. For there are great things which local government can do.'David, I'd settle for somebody bringing that gospel to Birmingham today.
And slapping Mike Whitby and Paul Tilsley about the face with it.
If you hear a faint whirring sound around the City today, that's Old Joe spinning in his grave.