The Institute of Directors is said to have called for the West Midlands to be re-named… as Birmingham. Or ‘Birmingham Something’. Which is presumably why a few people are starting to talk of ‘Birmingham Sandwell’, on the assumption that ‘Sandwell’ is the naff ‘low-hanging fruit’ name that no-one will miss. But I can’t quite see a ‘Birmingham Stoke-on-Trent’ or a ‘Birmingham Stratford-upon-Avon’, somehow. Personally I’d go with the ancient name of Mercia, especially if we’re to be (potentially) amagamated with the East Midlands.