You would think that being a Mayor would be a pretty full time job wouldn’t you? But Mayor Anderson has time to invent all sorts of rubbish.
He has been particularly stung by my assertion in a tweet today about there being too close a relationship with Redrow. Redrow you will recall was a level two sponsor for his dinner at the end of May where, according to Joe Anderson’s website money was raised for Joe Anderson’s campaign funds.
This is how Mayor Anderson responded in an e-mail to me:
The number of people in your party who have given me information regarding your past behaviour on the Council has remained confidential as I have no reason to raise the issue because quite frankly you are an irrelevance.
However when you continue to smear, the way you do without any foundation or justification, I think I have to reconsider. I just have to remind you how hated you are within your Party, that I have no problem getting information even when I don’t want it. I know how Trevor, helped get you out of the ++++ with Lord Derby and your North Liverpool Partnership behaviour. Then the Boot Estate albeit a long time ago, the new info I have is absolutely shocking. You would be amazed at the number of people who still remain very prominent in the Public Sector who need LCC support and who as they say, “sing like a bird”. I am minded to have a Motion to Council on standards but would much prefer it if you would ask me questions under the new Mayoral Question time, I really would appreciate and look forward to that. For the record our housing JV is a procured and transparent partnership, CBRE negotiated the commercial rent as they do for all tenants in Cunard. I hope to receive on Twitter a full apology for your comments and a cessation of your smears. I am of course willing to raise issues at whatever forum you wish in the near future.
My reply is, I hope, a little more literate and considered:
I sometimes think you live in a fantasy world. I’ve never met Lord Derby never mind needed to be rescued in some way by Trevor Jones because of a disagreement with him
You will recall that an independent review of the Boot estate found that I had taken responsibility for the incompetence of officers.
I suspect that I am far more popular with my party than you are with yours. You really want to find out what they think about you.
The likelihood is that I will not be asking you many questions. Your replies usually are as fantastic as your e-mails!
For the record I have never ever met or done anything with, for or against the Earl of Derby
I have never knowingly failed to declare an interest in items on the agenda of council or council committees.
If Mayor Anderson thinks I have done something wrong about anything at any time then the right way to deal with it is not this puerile gossip but an approach to the Police.
Perhaps he might like to tell us all what offences he thinks I have committed or do it through the local newspaper whose reporter is Liam.firstname.lastname@example.org.
And one thing I have never done unlike Mayor Anderson is try to take money out of the funds of a school for doing no work. A consultant I might have been – but an honest one!
I am only replying to the Mayor in this way because I think people should know the way he thinks and behave. There are much more serious items on the agenda such as:
• The failure to get agreement on a way forward for the Liverpool City Region which is costing us millions
• The poor exam results for secondary schools within the council’s control which could see them being forced into academy status
• The appalling waste of money spent on an incompetent system for filling potholes within the City.
• Major funding problems for adult social care
In the real world that I live in it is real issues that concern people and not junior school level bickering. Perhaps that is the level that he and I could and should work on. That’s certainly my offer to him.