"We want this election to be as boring as possible"
"We want this election to be as boring as possible."
The words of a Labour insider about the Liverpool mayor election.
The party knows that any big rows or controversies play to the advantage of council leader Joe Anderson.
Labour know that Cllr Anderson is the frontrunner. He's presented a solid argument for why he should lead the city.
All they need to do is carry on knocking on doors, get their vote out, win the election.
So privately there is annoyance among Labour figures about the row that erupted last week about alleged censorship by council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald of political material in the official council booklet.
There has been three stories about the row. Not likely to damage Cllr Anderson that much, but it gives his rivals publicity.