A debate between two Burntwood councillors over national politics took an unusual turn when one produced a music video in response.

Labour’s Cllr Rob Birch and Conservative Cllr Wai-Lee Ho had been exchanging comments over the impact of austerity on local communities.

But after being accused of being unable to produce “a credible response”, Cllr Ho took to the TikTok video app to mime to a version of Ray J’s song One Wish with a picture of Cllr Birch’s behind him, complete with a loveheart filter and the line ‘Can’t we just be friends, Rob?’ written above.

But Cllr Birch said the reply showed that his Tory rival was “politically weak”, while the video also drew criticism from his Labour colleagues, with Cllr Darren Ennis branding it “strange” and Cllr Sue Woodward replying:

“There’s a limit. You might have reached it.”

Cllr Sue Woodward

The video also drew comment from Lichfield and Burntwood MP Michael Fabricant.

But Cllr Birch rejected suggestions he had trolled Cllr Ho:

“Trolled? Really? You mean challenged politically, but he was unable to respond in a mature way?

“Interesting perception and the reverse of the truth.”

Cllr Rob Birch


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4 replies on “Social media debate between Burntwood councillors takes an unusual turn with TikTok video”

  1. I was also involved in this debate online and Cllr Ho’s response was frankly immature and pretty demeaning to his position as councillor. The fact that he couldn’t answer Cllr Birch’s serious question about the impact of Tory cuts on councils says everything you need to know about the party.

  2. As far as I can see being asked a political question, which is what Cllr Birch did is not trolling. Cllr Ho seems to take this as his default position when he is challenged. Maybe the party need to take him to one side and explain debate and suggests he acts in a way more becoming of a Cllr.

  3. Of course our MP regards Cllr Birch as a troll – he was challenging a political belief of one of his close chums with a reasoned argument. That’s simply not on, is it Mr Fabricant?

    It is clear that our MP doesn’t understand the meaning of the word troll…just like he didn’t understand the meaning of the word tw@t when he was being challenged on politics with a reasoned argument by a teenage student.

  4. I have come to expect nothing less from the Conservative Party and it’s members. It is the stock in trade of the ‘new style’ Conservative Party. It seems anything goes however belittling to themselves mainly because they have lost the ability for recourse to logical and sensible debate. It is a fact that when they do they lose. Once one realises this fact it is only a matter of time before the voting public will find them not only empty headed and boring but stultifying.

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