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The Birmingham Post's blogger “Wilbur” has a curious tale touching on the sensitivity of Birmingham Council's notoriously thin-skinned leader Mike Whitby.

Apparently, his press aide James North has two piles of cuttings - the voluminous red pile of “bad news” stories, and the er, slightly smaller pile of “good news” coverage. Meantime his Canadian spin doctor Debra Davis lovingly collects the pictures of her boss - again there are two piles, one of which is mysteriously described by Mike as “damning evidence”.

Most curious.

There's also more about the heated exchange between Mr W and Birmingham Mail journalist David Bell.

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