One of the longest running campaigns in Birmingham has been the seemingly fruitless fight of Suttonians to break free.
Ever since the ‘dark day’ in 1974 when the Royal Town (Royal no longer...) was absorbed into the metropolis, many have railed against the lack of identity caused by being part of a much larger whole.
There has always been a whiff of snobbishness about the disquiet caused by the town leaving Warwickshire to join the hoi polloi of Birmingham – the pitfalls of which current MP Andrew Mitchell could tell everyone about. Now the Localism Act seemingly puts this dream within the grasp of Suttonians.
A paltry 7,000 or so signatures could eventually trigger a referendum, leading to much greater local powers, possibly eventually even leading to full independence. However, sometimes it is a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’. It is possible that any referendum might fail, which would conclusively scotch the dream for ever.
Who knows, Suttonians might now consider themselves ‘Brummies’.