Talking points from Liverpool council's budget meeting
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For most people the talking points from tonight's Liverpool council meeting will be all the services that were cut.
But for observers of the Liverpool political scene there were a few interesting moments this evening.
First off was the non-attendance of Sharon Green. Not really news in some ways after we exposed her 30% attendance record in 2012. She sent her apologies, perhaps her record in 2013 is not going to be any better than last year
Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan was clearly not in a mood for messing around when she had a row with elected Mayor Joe Anderson over whether he could interject on Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp.
She shut him down saying: "I'm the Mammy". Anderson replied with the "constitution is the Mammy".
At the end of the discussion Cllr Sullivan added: "Can we now get on with this otherwise I might as well go home and do the dishes."
A few minutes later after Cllr Kemp had finished Cllr Sullivan was clearly still smarting at the row with Mayor Anderson and told the chamber: "I've never been cuckolded in my life and I will do as I wish [here]."
Cllr Kemp clearly has his own issues with discipline after two of his members Cllrs Tina Gould and Rosie Jolly refused to back his budget amendment. Apparently Cllr Gould is not standing for re-election next year. Could Cllr Jolly be pondering a defection?
And let's not forget some of the poor jokes that were told tonight.
The Liberal Democrats have made quite a lot of noise about the threat to the golf courses.
Deputy mayor Paul Brant teed up this little gem: "If you are a member of one of those golf courses you truly have been left to swing my the Lib Dems." Groans all around the chamber. Brant sheepishly admitted "It only took me a second to think that one up."
Next up was Labour's Nick Small, also a cabinet member: "I almost feel sorry for Cllr Kemp tonight, he's come here tonight hoping to hit a birdie and he's hit a bogey into the bunker."
And finally the Green's. How can we forget how the chamber was almost paralysed after Green Cllr Sarah Jennings said: "I was fully expecting the young pups on the Labour benches to get up and ejeculate their vitriol all over the Green amendment."
Really? Not a great use of words. She then went on to explain that she meant it as a compliment to Labour for arguing for a council tax rise "as the Greens have for the past few years."