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Tonight, protests from Black Country horse keepers, as the


bailiffs move in to catch the wild horses of Sandwell and remove


tethered horses from council land. They're part of us. If the horse


isn't here, there's nothing for us really, cos that's all we've got.


Anti-capitalism or anti-government cuts? We go behind the scenes of


some new protest movements and meet others who say austerity measures


have not gone far enough. Time for us to get real! Let's face up to


the truth. Our public finances are in a total shambles. Britain is


skint. And Jasper Carrott has the story of


a radio legend, as he catches up with the consumer crusader from BBC


local radio. That's all coming up on tonight's Inside Out, with me,


Horses have been a feature of our landscape for more than two


centuries. The origin of the Black Country horse is the need for


industry to have some kind of infrastructure, which means haulage


and logistics in modern terms. They're a legacy of days gone by,


but at one time, these horses were the power behind the Industrial


Revolution. All these were carrying goods between pits and forges and


foundries and ironworks in the Black Country, and of course moving


the finished goods out of the Black Country. But horse-ownership, like


the industries they once powered, could soon be a thing of the past,


as Sandwell Council has decided that grazing on public land will no


longer be tolerated. On public open space, the council will not allow


any horses to be tethered or loose. And so the horse owners of Sandwell


have become locked in battle with the council, as they fight to


preserve their way of life. The sight of horses tethered and


grazing on open spaces in parts of Sandwell is a common feature of the


landscape. They're part of us. If the horse isn't here, there's


nothing for us really, cos that's all we've got. Horses have been in


Malcolm's family for generations. He grew up with horses as a young


boy. It's something he hopes his children will also be able to do.


can remember my grandad giving me a horse when I was younger, and he


said, "This is your horse". I basically worked myself up. Now


I've got six horses, so I've done it all myself. They're my life to


me, to be honest. That's all I work for, all I live for. My family and


my horses. The horses are more than an old tradition. They represent


quality family time. It's a commitment and responsibility they


learn at a young age. If my mate's saying, "Do you want to come out to


play?", and my dad asks me if I want to ride the horse, I'd rather


ride my horse, basically. All these kids here being in trouble, playing


out too late. I'm missing that, getting out of trouble, keeping out


of trouble. I want my children to have what I've had. Cos I've been


brought up with horses the old- fashioned way, I've learnt a lot of


respect for people and animals. So I want my children to be brought up


exactly the same way as me. Put them in the stable. Good lad.


while some horses are tethered, others have been set loose. Locals


told us they were dumped years ago and have been roaming free and


breeding ever since. They say the tethered horses are not the problem.


But the council disagrees. We've been using this land for... It's


been over 60, 70 years, the land's been used for horses. Horses was


around here before the councillor was even born, I suppose, and


houses was built. So I don't agree with trying to change the way it is


in the Black Country. That's all we do. Horses, horses, day and night,


that's all we do. Mix with the horses. We don't drink, we don't go


out. But the horses are not a welcome sight for everyone. Many of


the residents in this area believe they pose a danger and a nuisance


to the community, and want the council to act. On the grounds of


public safety, earlier this year, Sandwell Council introduced a


strict no-grazing policy across all of its parks and green spaces.


They've employed the services of a horse bailiff to issue notices and


remove illegally tethered or roaming horses. Malcolm's father


Philip says they understand the council's safety concerns, but


argue that the problem is not with their horses. I agree with the


loose horses. They are dangerous, yeah. I totally agree with the


loose horses. But our horses are never, never loose. If they're


loose, they're tied up within two or three minutes. There's somebody


always here to put them back on the tethers. They've never had hassle


with us on the city, never. They've never caused no accidents or


nothing, our horses have. We've had them all our lives. Since early


this year, the council has introduced bailiffs to enforce


their policy and seize horses illegally grazing on council land,


whether loose or tethered. But the horse owners have serious concerns


over the practice of the bailiffs and told us: The bailiffs are


targeting tethered horses are failing to tackle the horses


roaming loose. The bailiffs are removing tethered horses without


giving owners the required notice or opportunity to move the animals


themselves. And the bailiffs are impounding horses at night,


something the owners believe is unnecessary and causes great


distress to their animals. This footage was given to us by one


horse owner. She didn't want to be identified, as she was afraid her


horse would be taken again. We're unable to verify its authenticity,


but she claims it shows the bailiffs taking her horse at night,


breaching government and industry guidelines. It got taken of the


night time. The bailiffs came and take him at 11.30pm at night.


you have any warning? No. They said they warned us but I know for a


fact that they never cos I went over there every day. How much did


you have to pay? It was about �4 short of �2,000. Nearly �2,000?


Yeah, definitely. Rossendales refused to take part in the


programme, but in a statement told us: The Local Authority tells


Rossendale's which sites to attend and loose horses are removed first.


Notice is always given, but if ignored, there is no alternative


but to remove them. Of 14 animals taken, only one was reclaimed.


Horses taken at night are handled by qualified officers who treat


them with the utmost care. residents we spoke to tell us


they're willing to help deal with the stray horses, and simply want


somewhere safe to graze their animals. The council keep saying


they've got no money and then want to get rid of pieces of land. We're


willing to pay for pieces of land. We're willing to pay for this over


here to keep our horses on. Today, the horse owners are taking their


battle to the Council House, in the hope of speaking to someone. We've


emailed them, we've been up there, we've phoned them. We've done


everything and nobody wants to speak to us. We handed a petition


in with about 350 signatures, and still nobody has come back saying


what's happened to the petition or if anybody's going to do anything


about it. If it comes to it, I'll do them every week until the


council talk to us and sort something out. So how did you get


on? No reply. Just been to the council, asked them if somebody


could come out and talk to us. And he's just said straight, point


blank, no. Nobody's coming out to see us, point blank. What do you do


now? Just keep doing these till something gets sorted out.


Somebody's got to talk to us. They've got to compromise halfway


somewhere along the line. But later on that afternoon, there was


someone available to talk to us. Councillor Ian Jones started by


explaining the council's position. They are breaking the law. We have


employed bailiffs, which all the horse owners know, because they've


petitioned. They are fully aware that on public open space, the


council will not allow any horses to be tethered or loose. Resident


and horse owners say the council ignore their complaints if the


stray horses are on private land. You will see horses on private land.


And on private land, the council is not responsible for those horses.


So it is these loose horses that are causing the problem, and yet


the majority that have been taken by the bailiffs are the tethered


ones, and I appreciate what you're saying, that it's a safety issue...


Well, no, no. It's the loose horses that are causing the problems.


They're the ones that should be taken? We should do both. One of


the issues with the tethered horses, as I've said, and the government


regulations from DEFRA about no tethered horses around rights of


way and other public footpaths means that they are breaking the


law. So how many of the stray and roaming horses have the council


taken? I think it's about three or four at the moment. How many of the


tethered horses? About 12. owners have been in touch with the


bailiffs and the bailiffs have said, "There will be a charge to return


your horse". The owner pays the �2,000, gets their horse back.


You're back to square one? that's where responsibility comes.


If the horse is back on the land, you haven't solved the problem?


don't have to solve the problem. The council does have grazing land


that horse owners can hire at Sandwell Valley Country Park. But


it's full and there's a five-year waiting list for places. So with no


alternative sites available, and both the horse owners and council


refusing to back down, this is one battle that could take a long time


to resolve. We had a very rich family life but the horses are all


we've got and the tethering's all we've got as well. We won't stop


having them. They'll never, never stop it. Never. They can do what


they want. We'll never stop. So what do you think? Is it fair to


tether horses, and what can the council do to round up the ones


Now, they've been camping out in cities across the world. Anti-


capitalist and anti-cuts protesters outside St Paul's Cathedral in


London were mirrored by smaller tented protests, including one here


in Birmingham. Earlier this year, Tony started filming some of the


new protest movements which have sprung up in response to the


economic crisis. Here's his report. CHANTING: Topshop! Pay your tax!


Whose money? Our money! They call themselves UK Uncut. Cut back!


Fight back! Cut, cut, cut back! Fight, fight, fight back! For a


year now they've been arranging to meet through Twitter, Facebook and


old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Their mission is to disrupt and protest,


to make a point about the cuts being imposed. They say cut back!


We say fight back! Their concern is the people who don't normally have


a voice as loud as theirs. Miss Selfridge! Pay your tax! I feel


like I'm a nothing. That I don't count anywhere in this world.


embarking on some very bleak, sad times. You probably hadn't heard of


UK Uncut until these disturbances in London in March. The violence


and vandalism made the headlines at an anti-cuts protest involving half


a million people. Most of those arrested that day were the 145 who


held a peaceful sit-in at the luxury food store, Fortnum & Mason.


They were protesting over alleged tax avoidance by the business's


owners. So we decided to follow the activities of UK Uncut over the


summer. We'd also get the alternative view from those who


believe a policy of cuts is right. Indeed, there are those who think


the cuts should be deeper. It is about time that government started


to stand up for hard-pressed British taxpayers. It looked like


we were heading for a summer of discontent. April - a warm day in


Nottingham. UK Uncut supporters gather on a street corner dressed


as nurses and hospital workers. It's a busy Saturday morning. They


have a list of targets but the police don't know where they are.


All of a sudden, there's a quick march to a bank. Lloyds TSB, a


bailed-out bank, which is 41% owned by taxpayers. This government is


taking the NHS and, in effect, privatising it. They go in to


protest at news the banks made �2 billion profit and paid no tax. And


spent 200 million on staff bonuses. We wanted to know what motivates


someone to get involved in action Can mummy help colour? On that one.


Sam Dixon has lost her job because of the cuts, but says that's not


why she has decided to give up part of her weekend to protest. I'm more


outraged that people are losing services and people's lives are


going to be put at risk. I'm going to be able to find another job and


These are the people Sam means. Those helped by a programme called


Supporting People. It's upset me regarding what's happening to sort


of frontline services, because these people are either going to


end up sort of dying, or needing some severe statutory intervention,


which I find is a complete and utter false economy. May, a rainy


day in Lincoln. Sam and the UK Uncut protestors from Nottingham


are on a day trip gathering new supporters. This time they're


dressed as bankers. We are here to facilitate your peaceful protest,


OK? First time I come across this, but it's very worthwhile. I think


it's a good thing they're doing it. Hopefully some people will listen


and something will change. Once more, it's a peaceful march around


the city. The police keep a watchful eye, but not everyone is


happy with the demonstrations. They're wasting tax payers' money.


Wasting police time as well. If they paid taxes, they'd have an


argument, wouldn't they. They don't pay taxes, they're all students.


Idiots. They're not all students though. They are. I can tell from


here. How can you tell someone's a student by looking at them? I can


tell. It's a week later on a sunny Saturday morning in Loughborough.


Jago Pearson is up early for a student. He's off to London, to a


demonstration in favour of cuts. It's organised by the Taxpayers'


Alliance. There are people here who believe the cuts don't go far


enough. We're not even going to start paying back this debt until


five years' time, at the current rate. And the interest payment is


going to get bigger and bigger and that's money we can't spend on


anything else. What they want are deeper cuts to public services, to


get the economy back on track. is time for us to get real. Let's


face up to the truth. Our public finances are in a total shambles.


Britain is skint. I'm not a public schoolboy. State educated. We've


got to accept that everyone's going to get hit in various different


ways by any cuts that are happening or any further cuts maybe we are


calling for, but the fact is that we can't let our vested interest


get in the way of what's good for the country and what's good for,


say, our grandchildren in 50, 60 years' time and for the future of


the country. June. Nottingham, and around the country the teachers are


on strike over pensions, and UK Uncut are supporting them on a


March. This is another example of the mess the bankers have left us


in, and the Government are expecting the taxpayer to foot the


bill. But a decision has been taken to save money on the public sector


pension bill. And for people like Jago Pearson that's the right thing


to do. There are people out there who do believe the cuts are right,


and we could be going further in some cases. Take away the


bureaucracy, and of course the most important thing, the European Union,


we spend billions of pounds every year on the European Union. It's


just about time that stops. August. Riots in London. Disturbances and


arrests in Nottingham. While there's injustices and inequalities


taking place on that scale then I'll be taking part in whatever


actions I can get to. October. Westminster. UK Uncut from


Nottingham join in. And now they occupy the Old Market Place in


Nottingham. A movement of outrage, which isn't showing any signs of


going away. Finally tonight, we pay tribute to a BBC local radio legend


who's giving up his daily consumer show on Radio WM, and just like Sir


Terry Wogan severely cutting back on his broadcasting hours. This is


the story of Ed Doolan, brought to you by Jasper Carrott. It's 11.50


and Ed Doolan is getting ready to go live on air. He's done this more


than 9,000 times. But today, for the first time in four decades,


he's nervous. He's hiding it, but he is quite upset about today. I


think there'll be a few moments later on in the programme. Ed is


one of the longest serving radio presenters in the world. He's


interviewed the grandest and the greatest. But this is his last show


before going into semi-retirement. There's a certain nervousness which


I'm not used to, because I don't get nervous. I used to. For 40


years Ed has used his microphone to stick up for Brummies and challenge


authorities. When he gets on to you, you're going to get a tough time.


We had some fearsome rows. I was scared stiff. Ed is our voice. He's


fearless. He was even named one of history's 100 famous Brummies, but


what few realise is that Ed isn't from Birmingham at all. He's


Australian. G'day. So, how come a complete outsider from Down Under


became one of this city's most famous adopted sons? Let's find out.


We're going to be having our usual consumer phone-ins. I'm itching to


know why Ed ended up in Brum in the first place, leaving Sydney's sun-


drenched harbour behind. So why would a snotty nosed kid from the


suburbs of Sydney want to come to Birmingham and do local radio for


the BBC? Well, what I wanted to do was to do radio. I was obsessed


with radio from about the age of four or five. A typical evening in


the Doolan household was to sit down and watch my mother doing the


ironing, and listen to the transcription service, the BBC


transcription service that they were sending through. And they'd be


broadcasting people like Frankie Howerd, The Goons and Take It From


Here and Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh. I loved it. For the ninth time this


season, Much-Binding takes the air. Inspired by a notion that British


radio was the place to be, a fresh- faced Ed Doolan journeyed to our


shores. Soon he got his chance on Birmingham's brand-new commercial


station, BRMB. BRMB, playing Birmingham's best mix of the 80s,


90s and today. I've brought Ed back to see how things have changed.


Gone are the pictures of David Essex and ABBA. In those early days,


Ed was an outsider and desperately needed to get Brummies on his side.


He told friends he had a plan. remember Ed telling me he heard a


show in Australia on radio that changed his life. It was somebody


trying to get social justice and trying to change things and make a


difference to people by a radio show. Ed thought "I would like do


that, I would like to have my programmes make a difference to


people." Across the West Midlands, on 95.6FM, Lunch with Ed Doolan on


BBC WM. Ed's programme certainly made a difference to listener Sam.


I've been listening Ed Doolan for nearly 30 years and one day he


saved my life. Sam heard Ed talking on air about a rare health


condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm. Concerned, he booked a


scan. The scan showed up that I had a large aneurysm and I needed to be


dealt with immediately, and the next two days I was with the


consultant at Heartlands Hospital. But Ed really made a name for


himself when he started helping listeners with their consumer


problems. Back then it was pioneering stuff. Hello, this is


the city's engineers department. Thank you for calling to report a


defect. Hello. This is the Ed Doolan Show, on Radio WM. Mr Day


from Edgbaston would like to record a message. Yes. There is a blocked


drain blocked up by the Severn Trent Water authority. For three


months. For three months. If you don't know what the hell's going on


in your own city, there's no help for you. You've got some work to do


with the customers. We have indeed. If there's a problem, he says let's


find the person who can sort that problem out, and he's on the phone,


"Get me the phone number for Fred," whoever it is at the Town Hall. And


he's on the phone. "Fred, it's Ed Doolan here, a lot of people have


been worried about..." and you think he just jumps in with all


four feet, you know. So becoming a consumer champion may have made Ed


popular with Brummies, but it put him on headbutting terms with some


of the most powerful leaders in the region. Isn't that so? Are you


saying there are people working for Birmingham Council who are


frightened that if they say what is going on, that they will be sacked?


That's exactly what I'm saying. it was with Midlands Transport


Chief Phil Bateman that Ed had his most notorious battles. So come on


Phil, how volatile were those early sets to with Ed? Oh, they were


pretty volatile. They were pretty blood and guts - usually my blood,


my guts. I didn't like him at first, that's the truth of the matter. I


felt he was aggressive. Overly aggressive at times. What were the


arguments about? You name it, he'd have an argument with you about it.


He'd be very nice to start with. He'd engage you in conversation,


and then the next minute, your mics went on, the red light went on and


he changed, turned into the Tasmanian devil! Of course Ed


normally came out on top. You ever wondered why you can catch a bus on


Boxing Day? That's one of Ed's many victories, but in 1989 an


extraordinary case came along that really tested the Aussie mettle.


Here a prisoner who absconded from staff at jail gave himself up while


taking part in a radio phone-in. made national headlines when he


took a call from a prisoner on the run. Casting BBC health and safety


rules to the wind, he agreed to escort Steven Winnery into custody


safely. Winnery agreed to be picked up, provided no police were


involved. He also agreed to the presence of cameras. Supposing you


had found a gun, what would you have done? I never thought of that.


I never thought I would. When we got in the car, he thanked me and


said "I don't want to go to the prison. I want to go the nearest


police station." And I said "Well, I don't know where the nearest


police station is." He said, "I'll show you the way." You know, Ed


didn't just help the man in the street, he also helped the man on


the stage. $$NEWLINE# When I get my moped out on the road $$NEWLINE#


I'm going to ride, ride, ride. # When I released Funky Moped in 1975,


few people outside Birmingham knew who I was, but an appearance on Top


of the Pops changed everything. That was thanks to Ed, who had been


promoting the record for weeks. It was my big break. Isn't that nice.


Ed's not retiring completely. Oh no. New shows on Fridays and Sundays


will keep him busy in Brum. But his last daily consumer prog, the show


that made his name, is almost over. It's been an emotional two hours,


so will he be able to stick to his script? The problem is when the


emotions get involved he often discards it and speaks from the


heart. I don't know whether he'll be able to stick to that, to be


honest. As the clock creeps towards the hour, Ed delivers those parting


words. I'll be back live, next Friday, at 12 noon. But now, until


next we meet, thanks for listening. A professional to the end, Ed stuck


to his script, word-for-word. After nearly 40 years of sticking up for


the people of Birmingham, it's little wonder that we Brummies have


made Ed Doolan one of our own. What an honour we have bestowed upon him.


However, Birmingham and the Black Country have a lot to thank him for.


I know I have. Well, that's all for tonight. Join me again next Monday.


With 23,000 disabled people forecast to descend upon the capital for the Paralympics, Martyn Sibley exposes the lack of suitable hotel accommodation. Mark Jordan follows the RSPCA's fight against dog cruelty and asks why a record number of dogs are now being put down. And Lucinda Lambton discovers a hidden war memorial that campaigners are trying to save from crumbling away.

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