I thought that since Councillor Mike Leddy offers such great potential for highlighting hypocrisy and perhaps brightening up our lives, I should occasionally review "his week of action".
We'll start with the great man's activities for the week ending February 14th.
Leddy says that he started his week by looking at the Planning Portal of Birmingham City Council's website for items impacting on his Brandwood ward. Although there were a couple of items affecting Brandwood, our eagle eyed councillor saw no need for any personal action. Let's hope so, eh Mike!
He then tells us that he took on the might of Severn Trent Water over the parking of their plant and equipment. I might call him him the next time the woman across the road parks her Ford Focus across my driveway.
Cllr. Leddy then informs us that he is a mover and shaker behind the Druids Heath Festival (eat your heart Michael Eavis). June 20th is the big day and he asks us all to put it into our diaries. Consider it done Mike!
Our Michael bemoaned the lack of local enthusiasm amongst local people to get involved in the organisation of the event. Perhaps they haven't got the time Mike! I mean they probably just want to turn up and enjoy the festival. That's how these things work Mike, the public turn up, and the "martyrs" who organise things get their egos massaged for 2 minutes. Leddy tells us that he has been given some responsibilities. Therefore, I look forward to seeing him on the day providing directions to the onsite Portaloos.
Cllr. Mike then tells us that he is preparing to brief "Sir Albert" on housing matters ahead of the next meeting of Cabinet. That's funny, I thought it was Albert who told his spokesmen what to say and think!
In what was obviously a "packed" Tuesday, Mike tells us about how he took on the might of the West Midlands Police (Severn Trent, then WMP, tomorrow the World?). He was dealing with a problem that a resident was experiencing over a parking issue. He tells us that he hates such "jobworths" and that "he'll sort them out". Tell me Mike, why do you think that these days there is a tendency amongst public servants to boss people about? Why do they think that they ALWAYS know best than the rest of us? The answer is simple Mike, your Labour government - never happy than when they are telling us that they know best how to run our lives.
Nothing down for Mike today. What was he up to? I really think we should be told. Has he gone on short-time like the thousands of others in the this country who are having to suffer as a result of Gordon Brown and the Labour Party's incompetence? The chances are, Sir Albert wasn't happy with the housing briefing and demanded that it be resubmitted with all truthful facts about Cllr. Lines' performance removed.
Routine day as a councillor he tells us, whatever that means? You really are a tease, councillor. Apparently he went to a house meeting. House meeting? Whose house did you meet in? Is it an event where drum n' bass fills the room, and Labour activists pop coloured smarties into each others' mouths to give them that political high?
Sadly not, for it seems the event was with David Blunkett, you know the bloke that made the Police go around bullying people over parking matters, Blunkett was discussing Labour tactics for the future with a room full of Labour Party members. At the end of the session a full list of approved suppliers for white flags was drawn up and circulated amongst those in the room. Some however have had them hoisted for sometime...try driving around Kingstanding, they are everywhere.
Anyway, Mike proceeds to tell us that remarkably they managed to sign up new members. He asks us, "Who said The Labour Party was unpopular?"
The electorate are Mike.
Now this is quality. Cllr. Leddy "having a go" at the Tory-led council about borrowing! He also tells us that he is trying to influence his Labour Party colleagues to campaign for a zero Council Tax increase.
You couldn't make it up!