The Hippo prior to the events of this evening

The Plastic Hippo

Bird and Andrew
The difference between a real drummer and a drum machine is that you only have to punch the information into a drum machine once. For all his obvious failings, leader of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Mike Bird is nothing but tenacious. Mercifully, he is not a drum machine and his skills with the sticks behind the kit remain unknown.

This evening (Monday), he will once again attempt to secure an increase in the allowance granted to him and his immediate cronies at a meeting of the full council. This is the third time Walsall`s drum major has tried to swell his benefits and each time the same old justification remains utterly ridiculous. Paying himself and his mates more money is, apparently, simply an exercise to bring cabinet allowances in line with other neighbouring local authorities.

His first go at drumming up support to allow him to line his pockets at…

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