Tuesday saw a tiny number of Birmingham residents (well, most of the live inside the city - although the current leader doesn't see fit to actually reside within the borders of Birmingham) decide that you or I won't get the chance to decide if Birmingham should have an elected mayor.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Paul Tilsley wrought revenge upon his Tory leader, Mike Whitless - who still harbours ambitions of becoming the Mayor himself (sadly, his ignorance of Birmingham's electoral makeup hasn't improved). Tilsley moved a motion that required the council to oppose any government attempt to impose an elected mayor. The fact that the goverment won't do any such thing is irrelevant. What is more, the Tories and Liberal Democrats, who have managed to glue the regressive partnership together for the past few years, don't reckon that you or I are up to making that decision. The motion would only allow it if both the Council and the electorate agreed.
I've made my views on the mayor idea clear in the past - and I see no reason to shift - but I'm always ready to support a decent discussion about the whole thing.
Why won't the Lib Dems and the Tories allow it?