A Jaded Joe

After nominations closed, the three candidates  for Labour’s nomination for metromayor debated before Labour members in Wallasey tonight. Despite the huge effort being exerted to push Mayor Anderson onto a rather cynical electorate, he managed to win just TWO votes!!  Now, as the saying goes, one swallow does not make a spring; but his lacklustre performance showed how limited he is for such a position.

Away from the glad-handing and murky trade-offs of the old school, people are increasingly aware that we need as metromayor, someone with the political nous and experience, together with the interpersonal skills, appropriate to such a high profile position. Do you remember the jibe at the over-ambitious American, Sarah Palin:  “You can put lipstick on a pig but it remains a pig”? In short, they were saying, that all the spin and flannel in the world will not change a candidate. It will shine through if someone is not up to scratch.

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