Thursday, October 10, 2002

WHILE WE'RE IN OUR HOME CITY: Liverpool may be reeling from the news that Brookside is being downgraded to a daytime slot, presumably to allow the contract with Channel 4 to drip away until it runs out next year, but it will doubtless be taking a measure of pride in the news that Virgin Radio have decided it is the top music city in the UK. Now, I hold no great love of Manchester (may be time to take down the Commonwealth Games tat now, love, it's finished) but I'm not sure the placing of it beneath Liverpool is entirely fair. If you strip out the Beatles - oh, and please, lets do - you'd have to be overly biased to come down on one side or the other, surely?
Further succour for Scouseland comes from the Classic FM poll for which city deserves to be European City of Culture in 2008. Despite being up against fairly stiff and deserving competition from Newcastle-Sunderland and Bristol, Classic FM chooses to offer its readers a snap poll featuring just Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Canterbury to choose from. Maybe Iain-Duncan Smith should get his pollsters to adopt this approach - "If there was an election tomorrow, would you vote for Conservative, SDLP or Co-Op?"

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