Dear Editor, Blame me a little, but, please do not blame the Labour Group of Birmingham City Council as it was really the Government and everyone else to boot, as to why we lost here in Birmingham.

This seems to be the sentiment ("Labour must get its act together, says Sir Albert", Post, May 5), coming from Sir Albert Bore as the man who has become the local government equivalent to the late Sir Edward Heath and his long sulk.

Since 2004, we have seen Sir Albert and his group offer our city negative non-cooperation.

Even before 2004, Sir Albert only showed lead-ership when his authority was questioned by those within his own party and tried to offer an alternative to himself.

This type of party infighting coupled with city negativity does not, and has not, gone unnoticed by the people of Birmingham.

In contrast the Conservative led partnership with the Liberal Democrats under the steady hand of Coun Mike Whitby, has shown how a positive attitude to the people of Birmingham leads to further mandates and the realisation that Birmingham is at the forefront of rejuvenating both the local and nation economy as well as community involvement.

Sir Albert may well think and say "there is a responsibility and I am not going to shirk it". It's just unfortunate that he has done just that and shirked his responsibilities since losing office.

To reflect is good, but, realistically - too little too late.

As his actions have spoken louder than his unmatched words. For these reasons alone the electorate have chosen to continue with a Conservative party that takes pride in presenting a positive Birmingham, rather than the inactive and negative approach as offered by the current labour group.


Sutton Coldfield


Dear Editor, Regarding: "Labour must get its act together" Sir A Bore (Post, May 5). I really think he has lost the plot, in fact the whole of the Labour organisation seems to be living in the dark ages.

Many years ago a very famous female Labour politician finished her address to a Birmingham Chamber of Commerce meeting with the following statement.

"We are not elected to do what you want but to tell you what is good for you."

The sheer arrogance of this statement left everyone speechless and the MP in question had left the meeting before she could be quizzed about such a statement.

It would appear that Sir Albert Bore and Brown are continuing with this policy having forgotten the very basic concept of democracy - that they are elected to represent the people electing them. It would appear to take a election defeat on the present scale to get them thinking.

As Sir Albert Bore says they must get the message of their party across to the electorate. Surely they should be taking note of the very loud message being sent to them by the electorate that their message is not what they want, and the arrogant attitude of Sir Albert Bore that they must teach the electorate about their policies is sheer nonsense, having already spent ten years preaching the same message.

It is time politicians of all parties started listening to what the population of this country want and not what suits their political manifesto.




Not the good but the harm

Dear Editor, Your correspondent Nigel Bailey (''Few reminders for those who have voted,'' Post, May 3) is quite right; Labour have done some good for Britain in the last 11 years. They have also done a great deal of harm.

In March 2003 they dragged us into an unprovoked and illegal war that has cost, and is still costing, many lives as Iraq is in the grip of civil war. Labour has allowed the creeping privatisation of the NHS, Labour's finest post war achievement.

Labour has encouraged the fragmentation and eventual privatisation of the Royal Mail, the oldest and most efficient in the world, with the closure of thousands of post offices, with hardship for the elderly and disabled.

Rail fares in the UK are the highest in Europe and among the highest in the world. Disabled people have had to sell their homes to pay for their upkeep in residential accommodation.

In the run up to the last General Election, Labour promised faithfully that the public would be allowed a referendum on the EU treaty. It was this lie that helped them to power and the same lie that refused us a referendum in 2007, the biggest lie since Ramsay MacDonald betrayed the Labour Party in 1931.

Governments are remembered not for the good they have done, but the harm.




Mowing lawns and CO2 emissions

Dear Editor, In the page 6 brief news items (Post, May 5) the salient point about "needing" to mow lawns more frequently was missed.

The mere act of doing so increases carbon omissions, compounding the problem.

I am sure that the compounded problems caused by dealing with climate change are not in the science and hence the calculations.

Extra omissions are created when the flood barriers are erected on the Severn, when there is traffic chaos due to "exceptional" weather.

The clearing up after floods and the manufacturing of replacement furniture and white goods after flood damage and the disposal of the flood damaged goods all add to the environmental damage.

There are endless examples like this so I would suggest we take advantage of the height adjustment available on most mowers and cut some grass less often.

Monty Don would have us use "push" mowers but this is not always practical.

A look at most lawns will reveal that some of it does not get walked or played on.

Interesting shapes can be created adding to the design structure of the garden by leaving the "unused" areas three to four inches long and mowed them say monthly!

The bonus is, as long as the cuttings are collected, herbs and other wild flowers start to emerge and we use our mowers less.

I guess that golfers may be the most resistant to this but they could always call it their bit of rough.




Food for thought

Dear Editor, The exciting 'rooftop restaurant' suggestion of Alex Wright (Post, May 5) recalled my school visit to the London Post Office Tower in the days of public use and I shared his thoughts on how unimaginative the current super-apartments or high office mentality of Birmingham can be.

Allowing for my mild vertigo, coupled with fear of sky-high restaurant prices, there are many examples of popular tourist attractions I've recently enjoyed, which showcase City Breaks.

In Riga, Latvia you can choose from a 27th floor 'Skyline' bar at the Reval Hotel via a glass external lift or the more homely 11th floor 'Star Lounge' at the Albert Hotel.

Both show the UNESCO world heritage old city off in its spectacular views.

For bias and politics, ascend to the top of the Ledra Tower, South Nicosia to view the only divided capital in the world and - if you need it - read about North Cypriot 'invaders' or Islam phobia.

Sixty-six floors high in Hong Kong Island and a revolving restaurant awaits showing most of the territories and firework displays each night whilst amongst the so-called delights in Dubai is viewing construction sites from a high hotel whilst helicopters land on a pad at a neighbouring floor.

Birmingham once boasted the roof of Lewis' department store as a view with a children's zoo (well, Pets Corner) and now even the shop has closed. We had a "Birmingham Eye" for a while before the Aussies snatched it and the restaurant at BBC Pebble Mill afforded vistas over South Birmingham before its demolition.

Like Alex Wright I'd love to compete with the high life of others - let's build it soon.


Kings Heath