Category: lolitics

Lolitics: The power of civic satire

Local councillors often communicate in a torturous combination of management speak and political spin. They share the oratory and obfuscatory ambition of government ministers but lack the support of hundreds of SPADs or the rhetorical benefits of a classical education.

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You can lead a horse to Severn Trent Water, but can you make him think?

The Trojan Horse story is a Trojan Horse itself, with more Michael Gove reforms inside. Howard Wilkinson prescribes a shot of localism to be injected into the moral panic. Do you remember when you could drive right up to an

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Help Bill Drummond sue UKIP

  Artist Bill Drummond defaced a UKIP billboard. He isn’t the only one to do this but his intervention has been the most widely reported. The billboard that Mr Drummond worked on is just around the corner from Eastside Projects,

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So farewell then, green waste collections

First they came for the paper recycling, and I did not speak out — Because it was about 6am and I was still in bed. A week later they came for the glass and metal, and I did not speak out

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The many empty spaces of Nikki Sinclaire MEP

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Birmingham’s Musicians head up plans for the Birmingham Republic

Following the news that Happy Mondays’ Bez will run for parliament in the 2015 General Election, Paradise Circus has discovered plans by a group of Birmingham musicians to run for office next year under the banner of The Peoples Republic

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All hail our Greater Birmingham leader

  The John Lewis flagship store in Birmingham. CC by: Elliott Brown Do you remember the celebrations, the night Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, was elected and crowned leader of Birmingham? The people were out on the streets waving

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Birmingham City Council employs a Human – what happens next will amaze you.

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13 ways to solve the Birmingham Council funding crisis without flogging the NEC

The day after they approved their new budget (with £86 million in cuts), Birmingham City Council have announced that they will sell off the NEC Group to help balance their books, worse for them they’ve had to cancel 18,000 bus

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If new Kingstanding councillor Gary Sambrook was a bit of a prat when he was at school, he hasn’t changed.

Meet Gary Sambrook, he’s just been elected as Tory Councillor for Kingstanding, after quite a few goes. Congratulations, Gary. His mates made him a song. He seems to be attracted to road signs.

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