Have you decided who you’re voting for in the Liverpool mayoral elections this week? No, us neither.
All joking aside, we’re all a tad ambivalent at SevenStreets. That’s not to say that we don’t care – more a symptom of the fact that we’re not sure the case has been laid out for the benefits, or what the candidates stand for has been clearly explored.
In the first case, several candidates actually don’t believe that the Liverpool mayor position should exist – arguing that a mayor for Merseyside would be able to lev more cash from central government. Could it be the first example of that oft-quoted cliche – the first act of an elected official being to resign? Well, probably not actually.
We’re carrying an interview with Liam Fogarty – if he has the time to reply to us in the run-up to Thursday’s polling day – but we didn’t get around to chasing down the rest of the candidates. That our bad.
But we think your views will be just as interesting as the candidates’ (head over to David Bartlett’s excellent Dale Street Associates for more depth and stuff on the actual candidates).
Who are you voting for – and why? Who do you least want representing Liverpool as its first elected mayor? What are your hopes – and fears? Will you vote on local issues – or broader matters? Who do you trust to best represent Liverpool on a national basis? And what should be the first thing that Liverpool’s elected mayor tackles?
That’s assuming that you think we need a mayor. And we’ve not even talked about Herbert.
We think you’re some of Liverpool’s most eloquent, passionate and thoughtful people – so we thought we’d ask you.
Tell us who’ll get your vote on Thursday – and why?