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CHRISTMAS... season of goodwill or just another opportunity for a bust-up between the management and crews of West Midlands Fire Service?

The naive could be forgiven for thinking that the arrival of the festive season might have mellowed attitudes.

Forget all that peace-to-all-men nonsense! A year that has seen a bitter row over cut-backs and shift changes and a series of strikes by firefighters is drawing to a close with the most bizarre dispute of all.

Crews at Bickenhill are furious because, they say, they have been told not to switch on the lights of their Christmas tree by management who are worried over the cost of electricity.

A fire service spokesman insists the curfew applies only after midnight and is prompted mainly by safety issues, though he admits managers are also concerned about the electricity bill.

Whatever version is right, it is clear that relationships between the workforce and management of West Midlands Fire Service are disastrously fractured.

Come on, you lot, show a bit of Yuletide spirit and sort out the mess.

The outlook for 2006 is forlorn if you cannot even agree about festive decorations.

BOTH sides have now revealed their hands in the battle to bring a super-casino to Birmingham.

The city council must now decide whether to back Blues' proposal for a casino and sports stadium in Saltley or the NEC's plans. Both schemes have much to commend them and either is quite capable of persuading the government that this city should be chosen as the site for a super-casino.

But the truth is only one of these projects can go forward for consideration if ministers are to take the city's bid at all seriously.

Once again, we say it is time for councillors to make up their minds. Pronto
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2005
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