Why don't Liverpool and Wirral councils share a chief executive?
Wirral has become the latest Merseyside council to jettison its chief executive.
Steve Maddox is taking retirement, just like Liverpool council's chief executive Colin Hilton did in May.
It is no coincidence that there was a change of administration at each council in May.
Liverpool's Labour council leader Joe Anderson and Wirral's Tory leader Jeff Green have already showed that they can work together over the Liverpool and Wirral Waters schemes.
So would it be too far fetched to suggest that the councils should share chief executive, or an executive management team?
Sure there would be fears of a big-brother take over in Wirral and there would be questions about whether it would be too big a job to be shared across the Mersey.
But when huge budget cuts are on the way, why not merge the senior management of two councils?