After presiding over a decade of austerity, it is heartening to see that the new Tory government are committed to breathing new life into our ailing towns. What’s needed, obviously, is a competition to identify the country’s Town of the Year.
It was launched by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government no less, Robert Jenrick, in the place of his birth, Wolverhampton. The only teeny problem is that of all the places from which he could have launched the scheme, he chose a place, which, along with Brighton and Preston, was declared a city in 2000.
Trying to put some spin on this egregious error, his department helpfully pointed out that Wolverhampton’s elevation to city status just shows what a go-getting, aspiring town can achieve. Mind you, the last time I was in Wolverhampton, its exalted status didn’t seem to have made it immune from high street closures.
Just admit it, it was a cock up.