The Tories and the Liberal Democrat Regressive Partnership achieved what many thought impossible. They gagged Sir Albert Bore. There are some who wished that it could have been achieved during his marathon speech during the budget debate last week, but I digress.
For years, the opposition have been allowed a response to the Budget plans announced in the free council newspaper, but this week, the council wheeled out the lawyers and decided that Sir Albert and Salma Yacoub's submissions were both too political and promptly banned them. First rule of media management - nothing grabs the headlines like a ban. Curiously, the council lawyers saw nothing wrong in a headline announcing that the budget came from the 'Conservative-Liberal Democrat Progressive (sic) Partnership' or phrases like 'the Progressive Partnership continued to bring about immense change in the city....' (sadly, not for the better)
It was not always thus, as these pictures from The Voice in 2003 illustrate.
Nothing political in either page, I'm sure you'll agree.
Is there no end to Whitless' incompetence?