You may remember the Suttons - another of those Tory double acts occupying seats in the Council House. You may even recall that they refused a sitting Tory councillor a recount - even though he was but a single vote behind the lovely Margaret.
Sadly, Tony Ward passed away recently. As is usual, condolences were offered at the meeting of the full council and the Suttons remained silent in tribute to their former colleague, unprepared to say a few words in memory of a man who had rendered service to his ward and his City.
Oddly enough, though, at the subsequent Ward Committee, when local voters were present, that reticence disappeared and Margaret decided that a minute's silence would be appropriate. Even more curious was that she didn't feel she had to do this following the death of another Kings Norton councillor who had been trying to start a farmers' market - a concept opposed by the Suttons until they smelt votes in the idea.
Perhaps he wasn't local enough.