What planet does Lord Heseltine occupy when in the opulent well-heeled surroundings of London’s Mansion House he told an audience of business leaders that Liverpool was one of the ‘leading lights’ of the Northern Powerhouse (Echo 18.2.16).
Bloated with self-satisfaction befitting a Freeman of the City gifted by Mayor Anderson, he declared ‘Liverpool has a real opportunity to shape its own destiny and it will be important to set clear priorities for investment for it to really thrive…’.
Just who stands to thrive?
The same Echo reports: ‘Liverpool NHS jobs face the axe because of community health funding cuts. Up to 30 NHS staff in Liverpool could lose their jobs as services including exercise classes for dementia patients face the axe.’ This adds to the £340m already slashed from social provision.
This shows the glaring contrast between Tory mendacious hyperbole and the reality of life for thousands of the city’s people whose lives are damaged.
Councillor Gladden rightly laments this further outrage, but words aren’t enough. The council should declare ‘enough is enough’ and take any measures necessary to protect out people.