Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham’s Conservative councillors, managed to liken tactics used by the ruthless Soviet leader to those being employed by the city’s Labour administration when consulting about the introduction of wheeled bins.
Whitby’s point was that the consultation exercise contained all sorts of questions about the type of bin residents might like and the size of household, and whether recycling was a good thing, but didn’t actually ask people whether they wanted wheelie bins.
The questionnaire also managed to ask respondents whether they were gay, bisexual, transgender as well as wishing to know about religious beliefs. Just the sort of questions Stalin might have posed.
On a more serious note, the Edgbaston District Committee turned out to be cult viewing for anyone interested in what the Tories would have us believe is one of the great issues of our time.
All of the key bin-saga figures were there.
James McKay, the Labour cabinet member responsible for