Clearly, an authority which does not practice reflective governance would off course use such a feeble excuse for inaction. When we consider the fact that Birmingham has super diverse status and yet the leadership of Birmingham City Council both at cabinet and Director Level does not reflect this, it is hardly surprising that they have not got a clue on how to face these challenges head on.
One must remember that for quite some time now Birmingham has been failing our children and yet again with this whole episode surrounding ‘Trojan Horse’ the children of this City have not just been forgotten about but failed, yet again.
It is all well and good blaming other administrations, however, where does the buck stop. We have a situation in this City where despite various failings especially when it comes to the children of Birmingham, no-one is prepared to take responsibility by resigning. Hence the failings will only continue as the leadership is just not being accountable to the people.
The whole concept of reflective governance would have assisted in dealing with this issue a long time ago, as I view it as allegations against individuals and not a whole community.
This has led to the stigmatisation of a whole community yet again but also what message does this send to bringing up our children in a multi cultural society where you can be stigmatised because, very highly paid people, are incapable of dealing with Birmingham’s diversity. It only goes to highlight the hypocrisy of celebrating it, but, not actually embracing it by developing that all important level playing field in order for everyone to participate.
It is time for change in Birmingham and we must ask ourselves the simple question how much more.
I believe that the Leadership of Birmingham City Council, including Director involved in this should take a close look at themselves and do the right thing and go.
However, the way things are today don’t hold your breath.