After the cock-up over the library, Whitby had to think of another big idea to cover up his political incompetence, so following the Tory tradition, he's decided that Birmingham International Airport should be taken into public control.
Hang on - don't the Tories believe in privatisation? Haven't the Whitby acolytes, led by Paul Tilsley in his incarnation as deputy leader and chair of the Property Committee, been running around the City like estate agents on speed, pricing up and selling off council assets?
Indeed they have.
Is it all to fund another of Whitless' hare-brained, ill-considered ideas?