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Time-pressed residents of Birmingham, Solihull, Cannock, Dudley, Coventry, Lichfield, Sandwell, South Staffs, Tamworth, Walsall and Wolverhampton who regularly scan their section of the Brummie site, appreciate the free service it gives, whatever their interests. Main news items covered, include a range of locally run websites, music and the arts, sport and business.

Links to them give those sites a wider readership than would otherwise have been possible. Until the final few months Mark was a helpful and courteous correspondent and this later lack of response was ascribed to pressure of other work, which involved travelling abroad. We now can see that there may have been health concerns claiming priority.

Three of many interests served: Our Birmingham, West Midlands Producers and Localise West Midlands thank him and hope that a way will be found to maintain the Brummie.






The writer tried to ignore the news, cynically announced as the public prepares for Christmas festivities, that – on ‘trash day’ – a total of 36 written ministerial statements and 424 government documents were published, as Parliament rose for the Christmas recess. Consequences:

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But, via the Brummie, the words of a Walsall blogger made it impossible.


“Clearly, lots of time, effort and thought has been devoted to the black arts by the Conservative Party, their corporate backers and a sympathetic media. It seems a shame that they are unwilling to turn their expertise to reducing the national debt, securing public services, ensuring that no child goes hungry and made some effort to unite the nation and not divide it for the sake of short-term electoral advantage”.

plastic hippoHippo asserts, tongue in cheek, that the British public owes a huge debt of gratitude to clever Conservative spooks who tell David Cameron what to do, think and say: “The Machiavellian undermining of political opponents by Tory Party strategists is as good if not better than a John Le Carré novel”; he continues:

“The clever manoeuvring began on day one of the coalition government . . . Within weeks, Liberal Democrat lightweights with ideas above their station were quickly neutralised by a quiet word to the Standards Committee and the Essex constabulary . . . Vince Cable vowed to take on Murdoch over BSkyB but the old fool fell for an elaborate sting involving a couple of young lovelies working for Murdock . . .

As informed political debate goes, all this was a reminder that informed political debate is dead . . .

“With the enthusiastic cooperation of a feral right-wing media, Tory spymasters set about Ed Miliband with the ferocity of fox-hounds after Reynard or possibly Rennard the Liberal Democrat lord. The best that quality journalism and profound political thinking could come up with was that Miliband has two kitchens, his father “hated” Britain and that he looks a bit odd when eating a bacon sandwich . . .

JC standing“Duly elected with a considerable majority, the systematic destruction of Corbyn began. Unfortunately, Comrade Corbyn seems able to ignore the increasingly hysterical attacks and even a casual observer might be impressed with his dignity under such savage provocation.

“He regularly wipes the floor with David Cameron at the dispatch box leaving the Prime Minister red in the face unable to answer reasonable questions and shouting at the opposition benches that everything is the fault of a party last in power five and a half years ago. Tory activists will be asking for their three quid back . . .”

Fortunately the general public is increasing aware of these machinations peddled by mainstream media and careerist politicians – and despite their best efforts continue to applaud and support Corbyn.

Read Plastic Hippo’s article in full here.

First published by Political Concern.

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In February, the Post reported environmentalists’ appreciation of an announcement by the city’s Green Commission, chaired by Councillor James McKay, cabinet member for a Green, Safe and Smart City. This reinforced an existing pledge to cut the city carbon emissions by 60% by 2027, its carbon roadmap outlining a range of measures and policies, which include:

  • improving public transport
  • retrofitting insulation to homes and businesses.
  • launching its own energy company
  • and cutting its own fuel bill by 50% by 2018..

BFOEBirmingham Friends of the Earth look forward to the implementation of the proposals which would reduce carbon emissions; an emphasis on ‘active transport’ – walking and cycling – would cut Birmingham’s traffic levels and reduce harmful levels of air pollution.

BFOE’s Julien Pritchard highlighted the EU’s legal action against the government for its failure to cut nitrogen dioxide levels in Birmingham and fifteen other cities across the UK: “If the EU is successful, it could result in the UK being fined, fines which the UK government could pass on to Birmingham City Council”. Read on here.

His colleague, Robert Pass (BFOE Let’s Get Moving campaign) said: “We’re asking the council to keep up the momentum of last summer, by continuing to lobby for funding to improve the city’s cycle network. Continued and sustained investment in active transport would give people a genuine choice to walk or cycle for those 25% of Birmingham’s car journeys which are under two miles”.

Last year BFOE listed some effects of air pollution:

  • children growing up in areas of high air pollution can develop lungs which have almost 20% less capacity than healthy lungs;
  • up to 30% of all new asthma cases may be caused by living next to busy roads;
  • exposure can cause people to die an average of 11.5 years early; DoH attributes more than 6% of adult deaths in Birmingham to current levels of air pollution;
  • costs in health care in Birmingham alone are thought to be £182 million a year.

birmingham cycle revolution council logoThey look forward to the realisation of council plans to improve 95-kilometres of existing route, add 115-kilometres of new routes, provide popular routes into the city centre, introduce a 20mph limit in residential areas to make cycling to local schools, shops and jobs safer, upgrade towpaths on canals, develop new cycling “green routes” through parks and green areas, provide secure cycle parking hubs and develop cycle loan and hire schemes to make it easier for people to get started.

tyseley air monitoring stationIt would be helpful if Government does not follow up a proposal to close 600 air monitoring stations (Tyseley right) particularly in London, which – the Express and Star reports – has the ten most polluted neighbourhoods. Outside the capital Sandwell and Leicester are joint fifth, Walsall eighth and Birmingham in tenth place, equal with Nottingham. All have levels significantly above World Health Organisation guidelines.

CIRAS reports concerns raised about the air quality during the station refurbishment work at Birmingham New Street, scheduled to continue until 2015. The work is being carried out in a fully operational station environment and activities such as sanding are making the air dusty, with the potential to cause respiratory related illnesses for the staff who work there.

Has construction work on tramlines in the city centre adversely affected air quality – and will office workers in the neighbourhood suffer if the Madin Library is demolished?