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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson appears to be the latest to fall foul of this.
A bit of background first. Last year there was a row (storm in a tea cup) over weeds growing in Liverpool, some were as tall as 6ft tall apparently.
Last year's changeable weather and a mistiming of weed spraying was apparently the cause.
Today cabinet member for neighbourhoods Cllr Steve Munby emailed all councillors to give them a schedule for this year's weed spraying.
Then the mayor replied:
Of 354 answers, 49% (175 people) thought the mayor was doing a good job, 35% (123) did not agree that he was, and 16% (56) did not know or said it was too early.
The poll was conducted on the streets of the city by 74 students last week, and although not guaranteed to be totally representative is a decent snap shot of the state of the mayor's popularity.
WHILE Joe Anderson was (allegedly) invested with a range of new powers when the city adopted the Mayoral model, control over tax avoidance, the ability to jail bankers and to save the world from environmental ruin were not amongst them.
However, Mr Brocklebank fears that some within this borough are under a very different impression, or so it would seem at least from last week's cabinet meeting.
A number of protesters against plans to sell off a patch of land near Sefton Park braved the snow and sleet (more than some cabinet members were able to do, however) to attend the meeting and air their displeasure at the council's plans.
Mayor Joe duly allowed them to come in out of the cold, lay down their placards and make their case for the opposition.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is not taking the Conservative attack on his "wasteful spending" sitting down.
At the weekend he issued THIS 1,400-word document on his website.
Foreign travel features in a big way in the Conservative missive.
Today The Mayor has written to Tory attack dog Brandon Lewis to "get his permission" for two further trips: one to Brussels tomorrow, and another to Abu Dhabi and Doha next month.
It is a question that has been regularly asked, does Liverpool council still need 90 councillors?
Indeed I posed the question just a few days after Joe Anderson was elected Mayor in May, and also back in 2009 as a mechanism of increasing pay for councillors without taking more from the public purse.
So I'm pleased to be reporting today that Mayor Anderson is setting up an independent review to look into the issue of whether the city still needs 90 councillors, whether there should be elections every four years (instead of three in every for years), councillors' allowances, and ward boundaries.
It would appear to be a deliberate policy to promote and show how active the mayor is. And it seems to be paying dividends, @joeforliverpool handle now has more than 5,000 followers - only 3,000 behind the council's own Twitter feed.
In the last 24 hours he has broken the news of his train ticket offer to Eric Pickles on Twitter, lamented the demise of investigative journalism, and announced his visit to the launch Riverside Credit Unions Start Up Loan scheme on Twitter.
You can check out his Twitter feed HERE.
The council has arranged for transport authority Merseytravel to issue a rail warrant for Mr Pickles to travel on any train from Liverpool to London.
The Mayor said he would pick up the cost of the two standard class tickets himself, so there no cost to the tax payer or other rail users.
He said this would have allowed Mr Pickes to see: "the facts that you and your officials dispute either through ignorance or in a deliberate attempt to smear and to undermine the truth about the impact of the cuts I am highlighting.
Just when you thought 'the kid who kidded the Billy the Kid' row had simmered down, up pops Liverpool Mayor Anderson with this tweet.
One of the other notable lines in that row was his suggestion that his Liberal Democrat rival Richard Kemp was capable to crawling under the belly of a snake with a top hat on.
Apparently the BBC were out searching for snakes in Liverpool yesterday. Cue this tweet from the mayor:
LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson clashed with campaigners over the suggestion the city should defy central government and set an illegal budget.
The Labour leader hit out at a series of questions from campaigner Sue Ferguson at tonight's mayoral select committee about the logistics of setting an illegal budget, as the council grapples with axing £32m from the coming financial year's budget.
Half the city's libraries will close, social care is being hit, and £1m of funding for the warden service for sheltered accommodation will be cut, and eventually the youth and play service budget will be reduced by a third from £3.2m to £2.1m.
We now have an insight into what was said.
Mayor Anderson, while briefing journalists yesterday, said: "When David Cameron was here. I said to him 'I don't believe or buy into this description that you don't care. I don't think you have got all the information or the facts'.