The valiant were out in Toxteth/Picton tonight.
Despite real authentic April showers we were not deterred from our leafletting and door-knocking.
Wendy was battered and bruised (if only on her right hand) from tussles with letter-boxes. Paul and Tim rose equally to the occasion and stopped only to shelter briefly while the rain was threatening to (hopefully) wash away the extreme detritus from the streets.
If you want to know the difference between a Labour councillor or candidate and a Liberal-Democrat councillor or candidate it is this:
We think the streets of Picton ward should be clean, the waste-grounds of Picton ward should be free from debris and fly-tipping, the "fronts" of houses on Picton ward streets should be clear of dumping, the people of Picton ward should be given the opportunity to be proud of their area.
I have delivered leaflets and knocked on doors in every ward in this city, at least once. But nowhere in the whole city, nowhere, NOWHERE, is as dirty and neglected as the streets of Picton ward.
I have taken lots of photos, perhaps it is time to share them with you? You, the majority of readers who live in Liverpool, need to know that in this particular ward people are living in the kinds of conditions that our national TV channels tell us are typical in war-torn countries.
Don't believe me? Go down to Apsen Grove, go down to the waste land on Fern Grove for instance.
There is no way on earth that I would allow any street in any ward that I represented to get as bad as this. I would stand on that street with my mobile phone, call the neighbourhood managers and wait there until they arrived and saw for themselves just how bad it is. Go to Wilkie Street. Go to the back entries of Cadogan. Just stick a pin in the map, you will find the same wherever you go.
Our people deserve the best, the very best, and Liverpool City Council is not directing its staff to make our streets the cleanest and the best. The LibDem politicians have forgotten this area, the staff have not prioritised this area and the residents are living in appalling conditions.
Sort it out!