Liverpool Labour leader Joe Anderson mixes it up with Nick Clegg
Liverpool Labour leader Joe Anderson has written to Nick Clegg borrowing the "cigarette paper between us" joke from David Cameron.
He starts by congratulating the Liberal Democrats for the party's proposals to clamp down on fat cat pay and waste.
It goes on: "Yours is a noble pursuit in which we all must share, and one which seems to leave barely a cigarette paper between us - on this issue at least.
"Since we share this ambition, I thought I should write and invite you to begin this clamp down on fat cat pay and squandering of public money here in Liverpool, where the Lib Dem administration appear to have a problem with yours and my ambitions. They, of course, believe that wasting money and paying "fat cat salaries", as you call it, is how the city of Liverpool should be run.
"I am sure you will be as appalled as I was to find out that, in the last two years in Liverpool, the number of city council officers earning more than ÃÂ£100,000 has doubled, from 11 to 26. I think you are spot on to want to target and clamp down on the irresponsible people who have allowed this to happen.
"I think you will also agree with me that those same people need to answer questions as to why millions upon millions of this city's money has been wasted on expensive, bloated consultancy fees.
"And I know you are also against pay offs to council officers. Liverpool council has wasted around ÃÂ£1.2million on paying off council bosses who have been sacked after they couldn't get on with senior councillors.
"I don't know if you are aware, but in five years time, Liverpool City Council will be ÃÂ£120million in debt, according to the city's treasurer. I am sure you will endorse our campaign to clamp down on fat cat pay as part of a strategy for sorting out such an appalling mess.
"Since the people who have allowed all these things to happen are Liberal Democrat councillors, I would be interested if you would be willing to publicly criticise them for such mismanagement as part of your own campaign, since they seem to be part of the problem, not the solution."