Guest blog: Vicki Kellaway on why Luciana Berger should worry about more than Bill Shankly and Gerry Marsden
I'm a 27-year-old woman and until I moved to Liverpool two years ago, I'll admit I knew next to nothing about Bill Shankly.
Now, of course, I can quote Shanks verbatim. I can recite the ingredients for a pan of Scouse, I generally pronounce Kirkby correctly and most days I can tell the difference between Alex Curran and Amanda Harrington.
The report in today's ECHO (read here) suggests Labour candidate Luciana Berger would struggle to do the same.
Personally, right now, I couldn't give a jot.
The woman was selected on Sunday to attempt to represent Wavertree in Parliament come May. As if anyone needed reminding, that's little more than three months away.
She needs to do her homework and she needs to do it fast.
But should the life and times of Bill Shankly, the lyrics to Ferry Cross the Mersey and the Beatles' back catalogue really be top of her list?
Surely it's more important for her to get to grips - and quickly - with the real issues facing the people of Wavertree.
How are the schools doing? What's unemployment like? Where are the dangerous roads? What do her constituents think, feel, fear and celebrate every day?
Perhaps if she'd been more experienced she would have responded more deftly.
When asked: "How many Mersey tunnels are there?"
She should have replied: "I have no idea, but I will..." (stuff the counting, she can start by asking what people think of that ÃÂ£2.80 return journey to Wirral)
I spent most of the day defending the woman - even though she is not attemping to represent my own constituency.
I know it's important to win hearts and minds. I know you need to show you're making the effort to understand the heartbeat, the lifeblood that is the city of Liverpool.
For heavens sake, you need to know how to pick Fellaini out in a crowd.
But local knowledge is gathered not crammed. Personally, I think it takes time.
Still, I can't help but notice Ms Berger told our reporter housing was one of her "top three priorities".
For reasons unknown she failed to name the other two.
Forget Gerry Marsden - that was the real faux pas.
Vicki Kellaway is an ECHO reporter and blogs HERE.