Vote YES to a Brum Mayor (and NO to business as usual.)

Empty shop on Birmingham New Street

This shop on Birmingham New Street has been sitting empty for FOUR months.  A while back, I tried to get permission to use it, for one day, to bring some energy, life, and soul into Brum’s centre.  I wasn’t allowed. That’s what happens when you try to get Birmingham’s leadership involved in something good – if you even get to speak to them.

Those who lead Birmingham currently have very little:

vision; insight; understanding of real life.

Those who lead Birmingham currently have lots of:

pointless meetings, three course lunches, useless rules and regulations.

Birmingham is led by a babble of old men, who enjoy their privileges from their luxury towers, and haven’t a clue what goes on in the proper world.  They think the status quo is fine.  They have reports to ‘prove’ it.

The good stuff in Brum, like Urban Coffee, Cafe Scientifque, PechaKucha Brum… the list goes on…. the awesome stuff in Brum, happens not because – but in spite – of those who supposedly lead this place.  With just a smidge of inspiration, real changes in the leadership of Birmingham could make it a fantastic place to live.

Right now, I believe voting YES to an elected mayor tomorrow today is the best chance we have to shake things up.

Sure, there are flaws to the mayor thing; it’s certainly a far cry from any revolution.  But I am certain of one thing:

Now is NOT the time for business as usual.

Vote YES to a Brum Mayor tomorrow today.

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