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A High Court judge has spoken of an “extraordinary” and “astonishing” state of affairs at Birmingham city council in the wake of a dispute over plans to save money by reorganising rubbish collections, the Press Association reports.
Mr Justice Fraser said large amounts of rubbish had accumulated on the streets of Birmingham after refuse collectors took industrial action.
He said the dispute had led to the creation of a “schism” between councillors and council officers who, he said, were “positively working against one another” at times.
Lord Tebbit, the veteran Conservative former party chairman, has told Radio 5 Live that one of the problems the government has on Brexit is that it has not agreed a policy. He said:
What is wrong is that there was not an agreed line which had been endorsed at the cabinet, having been fully discussed in a cabinet committee, on what people should be saying.
If there is a songsheet, then you expect everyone to sing from it. But if there is not a songsheet, then people sing their own songs.
Does anybody seriously want to overthrow the prime minister – in the Conservative Party that is – and have another period when the leadership is in doubt — who’s going to get it and all the rest of it? No they don’t.
Suppose [Johnson] were to bring down the prime minister, and suppose he were to get into Number 10, what would his position be? He couldn’t demand loyalty from his colleagues.