Today I wrote to the leader of Birmingham City Council asking for the Union Flag to be flown over our proud city council house on January 31st, to mark the implementation on the decision by the British people, to leave the European Union. This simple measure would mark Birmingham’s intent, along with the rest of the country, to move forward together after three and a half years of division, and act as a celebration of our shared values and national identity. Let’s make it happen! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
Unfortunately, Labour again decided to ignore the wishes of the Birmingham people. Following an overwhelming mandate from the local newspaper, no cost involved, and with other Labour authorities deciding to do so; Birmingham City Council has refused to fly the Union Flag today. This simple gesture would have marked Birmingham’s intent, to move forward together after three and a half years of division. I even offered to thank the Labour group publicly for making such a bold move. Instead, they choose to ignore the polls and make silly excuses and when we pointed out that they do not need a government directive to fly the flag they failed to reply to my email.
The theme of the Labour leadership contest is that Labour needs to start listening to the voters again, clearly, Birmingham Labour didn’t get that memo! With mayoral elections happening in three months time, it’s clear that Labour has refused to learn any lessons following their worse election defeat since 1935. What a shame!