Dear Editor, For a man who has just been reelected to the office of deputy leader of Birmingham's Labour Group, Coun Ian Ward speaks with a remarkably negative tone and fails to see what other people see.

He states (Grundy push for post fails at the death, Birmingham Post, May 12) that "I have always been very inclusive" and continues by saying "it is very difficult when your in opposition because you don't have the votes and aren't winning very much".

I'm at a loss to understand whether this is naivety on Coun Ward's part or just bloody mindedness for what is staring him in the face.

Okay, so I'm biased in my view of Ian Ward. In fact, I would even go so far as saying that he lacks coherency and his ill-thought-out words illustrates this.

Coun Ward believes himself to be "inclusive", but, strangely, if you attend one of his Shard End ward committee meetings, you are only listened to if you are a labour party member or personally known to the councillor.

Individuals or members of parties with a contrary point of view are considered to be muck racking.

This does not present itself as being inclusive. As to Coun Ward's views on being in opposition, this leads to an assumption that he and the Labour group are suffering from a serious and debilitating loss of motivational ability.

Could I therefore recommend as a good starting point they take a look at the Pertemps Individual Advancement Programme. It might assist with the negative issues they have about being in opposition.

To use opposition as an excuse rather than as an opportunity to engage only goes further to show that Coun Ward and the Labour group's negative approach is not in keeping with the positive image Birmingham is proud to call its own.


Sutton Coldfield


Zero tolerance for abuse pitched at directors

Dear Editor, I would like to say I was distressed at the abuse by some Birmingham City fans on Sunday of the directors and their families.

To abuse and frighten children is unforgivable. These people should be made to apologise to the board and their families.

Are these morons going to invest their money and make a multi-million pound bid for the Blues? I doubt it. Where is the investment if the men in charge now go away?

We are all upset again at the prospect of Championship football, but to abuse your fellow fans for that is what the directors are is not on. The board are, I am sure, sure just as upset as everyone else that the club is back in the Championship.

I can understand the board not backing Steve Bruce's buys with more hard-earned cash. They probably thought it better that he left as he was costing the club a fortune.

Let's hope they give Alex McCleash the money to get us promoted and to stay in the Premiership. They praise him and his background staff at every opportunity, so I hope they stay and back him with substantial funds.

He seems a decent manager and just the guy for us at the moment. He will need these funds as the team is just not good enough. We all knew during January that we needed a top defender and a good midfielder.

The way the board offered way below-market price for Cahill, allowing another team to take him is part of the reason we are back from where we came.

At the end of the month, they decided to offer the asking price but by then the player had made up his mind that Bolton was a better bet. He was right.

Where was plan B if and when that and other offers failed? There was no plan B. We were left short and have now paid the price which, by my calculations, will be over £40 million Come on the real Birmingham city supporters get behind the club in its hour of need.


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Bouncing back to Premier League?

Dear Editor, It is all very well to castigate David Sullivan and David Gold following the Blues' relegation.

Short memories appear to be the order of the day in the city. It's worth recalling that the club was on its proverbial knees when they arrived. Yes, mistakes were made the disastrous Barry Fry and so on.

Look at the St Andrews ground legacy they leave.

The real culprit walked away scot-free. Steve Bruce's disastrous player recruitment history, including the useless Aliou Cisse, bought on the basis of Senegal's performances in the World Cup, is but one example.

There was also the giving away of the only real product of the Birmingham Academy in the last five years, Andy Johnson, swapped for the disastrous Clinton Morrison, who scored just a dozen goals in his several seasons at St Andrews.

Johnson has since led Everton to Europe and is now surely worth £15 million at current striker rates?

Bruce's player signings beggar belief. He had priorities during his time at the club -building a country estate in Lapworth and sojourns to his Portugal villa at the slightest opportunity, locking a hard-core of a dozen fans out of Wast Hills on training days when things started to go wrong for him.

Loyal, disappointed fans should look for the real issues before the disgraceful and derogatory comments made to Messrs Sullivan and Gold in front of David Sullivan's impressionable young children.

The current manager, left holding the baby for Bruce, has made good signings in McFadden and Murphy. Hopefully they will stay and a return to the Premier Division will be a reality next season?


Kings Heath


Challenge for everyone at the Blues

Dear Editor, Like Alan Watton, whose comments (Birmingham Post Letters, May 13) I will endorse without reservation, I would like you to find the appetite to get Birmingham City straight back into the Premier League.

Like Alan, I am a supporter of 50 years experience and believe that David Gold and his colleagues are the best thing that has happened to the club in that time.

The attitude of a few idiots, fuelled by cheap alcohol, is a sad reflection on today's society. If you can identify them, then give them a life ban - but please don't penalise the decent folk who are the bedrock of the club.

Yes, I have been disappointed by the team performances so many times but I have learned to take it on the chin . It's character -building.

We have had a few happy times as well and I have never lost my pride in BCFC. If I had the ability to play for the Blues, I would have done it for nothing because it would have been a privilege and a pleasure.

Why? Because it's in my blood three generations of it!

So here is the challenge for David. You, Karen, Alex, David, Ralph,and the rest, together with the playing staff who actually want to sweat for this club and the true supporters, make this a team effort and get right back in the Premier League.


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