Get On Board the Liverpool cruise turnaround campaign now!
I HAVE been advised by the powers that be (whose initials are PE) that I am required to leave the currently alpine version of leafy Cheshire to attend one lunchtime soon with petition pen and clipboard at the slope to press the good folk of Liverpool to sign up for GoB.
This stands for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo's "Get On Board" initiative to press Westminster to come to their senses and remove the shackles which are holding the City of Liverpool back from revamping the Cruise Liner Facility and making it a Terminal.
Most of us understand the process to which Eurolaw would have us adhere but the situation which prevails now flies in the face of good business sense and possibly even gives other UK ports an unfair advantage.
Southampton accuse Liverpool of trying to pinch their business by seeking to become a Terminal. As Harry S Truman said: "If you don't like the heat keep out of the kitchen". Playing fields should be level for best results. This one isn't at the moment. A big petition may put that right.
MV Most Sky arrived in Birkenhead early in November. The Liverpool Pilot was most concerned at what he found on board and alerted the authorities. The Admiralty Marshall attended and arrested the ship.
Amongst other things the level of English was low and the crew conditions were dire. It transpired that the crew had gone without pay for a long period and there was insufficient food.
To cut a long and indeed continuing story short, the Liverpool Seafarers Centre have been looking after the crew as they do so well. In addition Liverpool's Linacre Mission and Birkenhead's Bread of Life are in there batting for the crew. Visit www.liverpoolseafarerscentre.org for more details.
It seems that some of the crew have been repatriated but have been rounded up by the authorities at the other end and their fate is uncertain. Who said going to sea was hazard free? It makes the Red Ensign seem all the more appealling.