Friday, July 07, 2006

Cameron's Right

I see that Bob Piper got there first, but I was amazed by the speech from David Cameron, urging the rest of the country to capture the spirit of Birmingham - perhaps he was referring to a sub-standard Tory/Liberal Democrat administration that we risk after the next election. Fortunately for the rest of the UK, he was referring to the great Victorian Joseph Chamberlain - a man of vision who left a mark on the city still visible today. He referred to
'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.

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