Don't just dismiss Herbert Howe's campaign to be elected mayor
There has been a bit of a snooty reaction in some quarters to the fact flamboyant stylist is planning to run for mayor (as revealed in today's ECHO).
Does a man who admits he has not voted for 20 years deserve your vote? Or maybe because he has not voted in 20 years he is more in tune with the average disaffected voter.
Either way, we should welcome a bit of pizzazz in the race for Liverpool's first mayor. Characters like Herbert will help engage potential voters who may otherwise not be interested.
Remember Hartlepool? One of the first places in the country to have an elected mayor? The good people of Hartlepool elected Angus the Monkey, mascot of Hartlepool United, as their first mayor.
Stuart Drummond has now been re-elected twice, and never delivered on his manifesto promise to provide free bananas for school children.
I don't think Herbert stands much of a chance of overturning Labour's election machine. But Hartlepool should serve as example, and candidates that may seem rank outsiders should not simply be dismissed.