At the going down of the sun, Curly lad

By Mr Brocklebank on Nov 15, 12 08:54 AM in Liverpool City Council

"DON'T you know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken," wrote Terry Pratchett.

And this last week has certainly been a week of remembrances of things, and people, past.

On Sunday, Mr Brocklebank attended the ever-moving Armistice Day Parade at St George's Hall to remember the fallen of conflicts past and present.

And the air of remembering was certainly palpable in the run up to the 11th of the 11th. On Saturday, while having a libation or two in one of his regular taverns, Mr B stood next to a couple of gentlemen on whose minds remembrance certainly rested.

On Sky Sports News on the muted television, shots of various football grounds around the country were displayed. The players all stood around the centre circle, heads bowed and hands clasped in front of them.

The two gentlemen, who were by no means young, leaned against the bar, looking up at the screen, when the first, commenting on the pictures, said: "Look. A minute's silence."

"Aye," said the other. "It must be for Jack Duckworth."

Brains? To paraphrase a mutton-chopped soap opera publican from the other side of the Pennines: "Not on these licensed premises, Mr Brocklebank!"

ON the subject of tributes, there have been some good, some not so good, about our city leaders doing the rounds this week.

Firstly, the tribute to all the hard work of Cllr Joe Hanson, who helped clean up Merseytravel's lax financial affairs was to remove him from its committees and from its influence and income apparently in response to his ill-judged comments about his colleague Roz Gladden's alleged contempt for a disability rights campaigner.

He claimed that Cllr Gladden "hated" Audrey O'Keefe. And why someone in charge of the regularly-cut adult social care would hate someone constantly criticising her department, and her, is anyone's guess.

Cllr Hanson's masterful political manoeuvres with regard to the passenger transport authority led to the downfall of former chairman, Sefton Cllr Mark Dowd. However, there were also losers in Liverpool, for it also meant that Liverpool council's Labour Cllr Alan Dean was left without a seat on Merseytravel when the music stopped. But, in the name of clarity, let it be said chief whip Cllr Dean played no part in the investigation and subsequent castigation of Cllr Hanson, naturally.

Other tributes have, however, been far more complimentary. Liverpool's Cllr Hayley Todd, following on from the re-election of Barack Obama on Wednesday, tweeted: "God bless Obama, what a start to the day. I get the same feeling in my belly when I listen to our own Joe Anderson."

The kind of praise South Korea's own Glorious Leader Descended From Heaven, Kim Jong-Un, would pay for.

But, considering that the tweet followed her appointment to Merseytravel seat, maybe Uncle Joe did pay for it, in a way.

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