LABOUR IN BIRMINGHAM: Mismanagement And Mess

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  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    This is a matter for Birmingham voters ! If they want to live in a toilet, just keep voting Labour and they will get just that !

    • StuartJ says:

      I moved to Birmingham in 2008 and at the time we had a Conservative/LibDem coalition run council, my local councillors were Labour and LibDem, and we had a LibDem MP (the infamous John Hemming!).
      Things seemed fine back then, and in my opinion while not perfect the city was seemingly being well run. Council tax was cheaper than neighbouring Sandwell, from where I had moved. Streets were relatively clean, fly-tipping was rare, and garden and bulky waste was collected for free.
      Things changed after the 2010 GE when the Con/Lib coalition came into government, and at the next council elections, Labour won a majority and gained control.
      Its all gone downhill since then. But the problem for me was that voters were simply voting Labour as a backlash against the Tory/Libdem government, with no thought given as to how local government was being run.
      Labour councils traditionally blame the government for their failings (especially when its a Tory government), and end up wasting vast sums of money; last years bin strike is but one example of how they tried to cut costs but it cost them even more in the end.
      I still love Birmingham, but local voters everywhere need to be reminded of the impact their vote at local elections has on their area.

  2. StuartJ says:

    I’m all in favour of a Clean Air Zone in Birmingham city centre ONLY if it reduces the number of cars and the congestion, allowing buses to travel more freely in and out. The road layout is bizarre in places, which doesn’t help traffic flows either.
    I’d prefer an integrated transport strategy, rather than building new car parks right in the city centre, there should be large car parks built outside, with frequent Park And Ride shuttle buses ferrying passengers in and out.
    If the plan is to reduce the number of cars in the city centre, there must be a public transport infrastructure in place that will encourage motorists out of their cars, the present one just puts people off.

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