Thursday, 11 October 2012

Artist admits that Labour instructed him to include Labour Councillor in JFK memorial

Former Moseley and Kings Heath Councillor Martin Mullaney recently wrote on his blog:

"Followers of my blog will know that I am incensed to discover that the new Labour administration have decided, without any consultation, to include a former Labour Councillor’s head in the soon to be unveiled John F Kennedy memorial in Digbeth.

You can see my previous blog on this issue at

Since that blog posting, the Adrian Goldberg Show on Radio WM have taken up this issue and interviewed Oliver Budd, the artist who is recreating the memorial. Oliver appeared on the show on Wednesday 19th September at 11.12am. You can hear the interview on iplayer at

The interview starts at 2hours 12minutes.

In the interview, Oliver admits that the new Labour administration have instructed him to include former Councillor Mike Nangle’s head on the memorial.

I would suggest that the local media should now ask Councillor Mike Sharpe, Chair of Planning, what he knows about this. It was him who originally wanted Cllr Nangle’s head included in the mosaic.

Are there any other friends of present Labour Councillors that we will suddenly see appearing in paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery?"

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