The ‘Father of Birmingham’ Joe Chamberlain, the man who made Birmingham great and the ‘best governed city in The Empire’
Listen to Gisela Stuart, the former Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, make the case for Joseph Chamberlain to be nominated as her great life on BBC Radio 4.
But can she really make the case for this former industrialist who made it to the cabinet but had a knack for splitting political parties and switching allegiances?
Jo Chamberlain was first a Liberal then a Liberal Unionist and finally formed an alliance with the Conservative party but fell out with them too.
Gisela argues he was a man who wasn’t afraid to take action, a radical who shouldn’t simply be remembered for his failures but as “the man who made the weather” and for making Birmingham the best governed city in the world.
The expert witness is Peter Marsh, Honorary Professor of History at the University of Birmingham and author of ‘Joseph Chamberlain, Entrepreneur in Politics.’
Matthew Parris is the…
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I would like to have seen the old ‘Brutalist’ Birmingham Central Library building recycled and turned into a ‘Made in Birmingham’ visitor attraction with the Spitfire and Hurricane now in Thinktank suspended from the ceiling in the library atrium and the Birmingham steam locomotive in the space beneath……
Gone but not forgotten – but will Birmingham ever learn?
Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Birmingham, asks why Birmingham seems to dislike its Brutalist history so much
Birmingham’s Central Library before demolition