The "Fish Base" and Tie Dye
I started the day at Sheldon Community Centre looking at plans for a children's play area, doing a bit of "tie dye" and making a "Fish Base"
from which I made a traditional flapping bird that the children found quite entertaining.
After my advice bureau I went to Birmingham's "Birmingham United" event in Chamberlain Square. The Evening Mail and Birmingham Post have been good in supporting actions to make sure that people unite after the attacks designed to divide us.
At the same time politicians have a responsibility to act to ensure that society does not end up further polarised. There are two legs that are needed to any strategy. The two legs can be identified as security and justice. If we have one without the other then we will not be able to progress.
The errors government's have made in the past is to focus on security ignoring justice. That has resulted in things such as a growth of terrorism in Algeria, the growth of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland and many more errors of governance in the past.
At the same time those wanting justice without increased security are also destined to be disappointed.
This issue was clearly understood by many people at the event today. I will be coordinating discussions on this in Birmingham in about a fortnight (when parliament has stopped sitting). Anyone interested in participating should email me.