Liverpool needs a champion, let the elected mayor be it
An elected mayor could be a great thing for Liverpool.
David Bartlett, the headmaster of this school of philosophers, will be sure to keep the world up to date on the runners and riders in the race between now and May.
Whoever it is though has a remarkable opportunity - they will be not only an ambassador for this city, but also wield real power.
This is a place not short on civic pride, but it's also a place not short of detractors.
The mayor must be cheerleader-in-chief for Liverpool, and should be aware they'll be watched like a hawk to ensure they deliver for city.