The 2012 Dale Street Associates review of the year

By David Bartlett on Dec 28, 12 02:10 PM in

Like most other years 2012 has not disappointed in the wealth of material it threw up for Dale Street Associates to get its teeth stuck into.

There have been the usual leaks, the odd thing to have a giggle about, and also some serious items like the fight for justice for the Hillsborough families.

Yesterday I tweeted out my favourite posts from the year (one per month, with two for September). Here it is wrapped up one blog post:

January:

herbert_town_hall.jpgThe start of the year saw Joe Anderson drop the political bombshell that he wanted the city to move to having an elected mayor.

Celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe threw his hat in the ring, leading to me writing this blog post 'Don't just dismiss Herbert Howe's campaign to be elected mayor'.

February:

paul_clein_turns_back_on_Lib_Dems.jpgDale Street Associate Paul Clein revealed he had left the Liberal Democrats in THIS blog post. He dissected the many reasons he had fallen out of love with a party he had been a member of for almost 22 years.

March:

The first elected mayor campaign started to take shape and Herbert Howe quit the race the day after he had launched his bid to win the election.

It sparked me to write this piece: 'So, just how dirty is politics in Liverpool after Herbert says it pushed him out of the Liverpool mayor election?'

April:

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, director of Democrat Audit, joined Dale Street Associates and kicked off with a survey of Liverpool's mayoral election.

His election analysis has been brilliant and there was more to come from Stuart later in the year.

May:

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Joe Anderson was duly elected as Liverpool's first mayor. Despite the momentous victory for the Labour party it couldn't help having a bit of a ding dong over its selection of a candidate for the police and crime commissioner election taking place in November.

The race heated up when Mayor Anderson sent a 'butt out Burnham' email over Labour selection between Peter Kilfoyle, Jane Kennedy, and Bill Weightman. Unsurprisingly the email was then leaked...

June:

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Paul Clein ripped into Michael Gove (not for the first time), in THIS blog post where he said the education Secretary delivered "unthought through educational idiocy" as a "gift that keeps on giving for his political opponents".

July:

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How could we forget the F-word Olympics tweet sent by a city council employee from the Liverpool mayor Twitter account?

The employee in question was promptly suspended, but returned to work soon after.

August:

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We also had a giggle at this leak from Liverpool council after a blunder led to 'Liverpoo' council being printed on official envelopes.

September:

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This was a momentous month for the city with the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.

I wrote: What I've learnt reporting on the Hillsborough disaster and the independent panel's report.

I found reporting on the report and all that goes with that a profoundly moving experience and at times overwhelming.


dale_street_news_logo.jpgLater in the month Liverpool council launched Dale Street News website, prompting me to write THIS post.

The council is still running the website, I haven't seen any critical stories yet. But I'm sure that's just a coincidence, just like the name of the site was.


October:

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson promised to resign if 60,000 people demand it. As I noted at the time, the chances are pretty slim.


November:

Jane_Kennedy_Commissioner.jpgJane Kennedy become the first elected police commissioner, and Stuart Wilks-Heeg deliver some great analysis in THIS post and then in THIS post.

December:

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The year on Dale Street Associates ended with another comedy occasion thanks to the Lancashire Police Commissioner's press office.

It sent out two Christmas cards, and went from a Licence to Thrill? From Bond to bland in less than two hours.

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