Birmingham City Council have a free newspaper, which is delivered to some households in the City and dumped under a few hedgerows as well. You will recall that for years, the Liberal Democrats planned to scrap it, but once they and the Tories scrambled into power in 2004, they realised the power of propaganda and a new contract was duly signed. You may also remember that it is supposed to be a politically-neutral publication - which is why Albert Bore has become accustomed to having his budget response spiked.
So, imagine my shock when I read Mike Whitby's column in the current issue - always a cure for insomnia, telling the readership that the elections were a vote of confidence for the ruling partnership and burbling on about other successes (sic) of the Regressive Partnership.
Surely this has to be an abuse of an apolitical publication?