Politicians traded insults last night during a heated debate about the economic regeneration of Birmingham.
Labour claimed the city council's Conservative-Liberal Democrat leadership was gripped by a culture of indecision which was threatening to destroy the viability of major projects, including the new library, the Metro and the City of Birmingham Stadium.
Tory council leader Mike Whitby hit back, accusing Labour of sour grapes and of ignoring a string of successes including Government recognition for improvement in housing and social services, and the naming of Birmingham as the European City of the Future.
Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) said: "I am getting fed up with the hackneyed claims that we are dithering when there is so much evidence that the opposite is the case.
"There is #8 billion of investment in the pipeline for the city centre and a further #5 billion around the city.
"The private sector has never had such confidence in the way this city is going forward and this can be seen by the enthusiasm companies have shown in taking part in the MIPIM property fair in France next year.
"Ten companies have each donated #25,000 toward the cost of the council stand at MIPIM, and that is a tangible sign of their support for what we are doing.
"In addition, Birmingham has recently been awarded by the Government, for the first time, a one-star rating for social services and housing," he added.
"We have managed in 18 months to turn around services that were failing under the previous administration - something that will directly help at least 350,000 people a year.
"Labour is having to make cheap points because it ran Birmingham for 20 years and maligned the city's reputation during that time."
Labour's John Cotton accused the coalition of refusing to push ahead with schemes such as the Eastside library and the Metro extension because they were projects first proposed by Labour. He was also critical of the failure to choose between the NEC and Birmingham City FC for the site of a super-casino.
Coun Cotton (Lab Oscott) said some of the council's decisions "defied logic".
He added: "They have poured money into white elephants, like the underground railway feasibility study, which would have been funny if it wasn't damaging this city's reputation
"There is a culture of indecision and it is a measure of how serious this has become when the director general of the CBI stated, at a Conservative conference, that Birmingham should pee or get off the pot."
Ken Hardeman, cabinet member for regeneration, listed several schemes which he said would drive forward the economic renaissance of Birmingham.
These included the redevelopment of Martineau Galleries, where a planning application for major retail, office and residential development will be submitted shortly, the ongoing expansion of Eastside, and the redevelopment of Snow Hill, which would create 2,700 jobs.
Employment initiatives using European funding have assisted almost 17,000 unemployed people.