Author: Jon Bounds

BiNS says: Yes to an Elected Mayor for Birmingham

Although we agree Birmingham is not shit, I think you’ll agree that it could be a lot better in some areas and that the current council system is either not trying or not working on them. We’re lacking jobs, there’s money wasted on huge vanity projects like the new library, the promotion to the rest of the country and the World is still poor. Independent research says that elected mayors can help with stuff like that and don’t cost any additional money. The no campaigners seem to have few coherent arguments and only scare stories. Go check them out, and remember that it only seems to be politicians that are doing okay out of the current system that are saying ‘no’.
So I ask you to consider a vote for an elected major, please. It’s Brum’s chance to have a strong voice to talk to central government and the rest of the World.

We need a mayor, like New York has, like London (although a better one), someone to stick up for us. Vote yes. Vote Brum.

Frankie Lee

We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Frankie Lee who was something of a legendary DJ at the Mecca Roller Rink, Summer Row. He also span the wheels of steel at the Heartbeat Disco at the Silver Blades Ice…

What can an elected Mayor do for a city and region?

A couple of videos with coverage of the mayoral referendum and campaign. First the debate held at the University of Birmingham: “On Wednesday 29th February 2012, this debate brought together leaders and representatives from business, education, politics, and the community, to…

Tolkien: I have no ancestors of that gifted people

Ol’ JRR wrote some interminably dull books, and if you believe the signs drank in nearly every pub in Britain, the pisshead. This letter to a German publisher proves him to be a bit of a dude tho’.

Why I’m voting ‘yes’ in the mayoral referendum

I’ve been to a couple of events over the last few days all about the elected mayor referendum that’s coming up on the 3rd of May. I’m pretty sure that I want a ‘yes’ vote—even if it does nothing more…