May 9, 2018 by admin
THIS time four years ago Liverpool was buzzing with excitement.
Believe it or not, the source of that excitement was a local government election.
There was so much genuine interest in the outcome. I remember voters were upset at one polling booth late in the afternoon to find that the returning officers had run out out of ballot papers.
Normally, most of us would have been philosophical about it, turned around and gone home to prepare dinner.
But not so in 2008. A lot of that must be down to the fact that Liverpool Council was sacked four years earlier in 2004 over the Oasis fiasco, which meant there would be an eight-year gap between the last election and the one four years ago.
It’s just possible that since 2008 the residents of Liverpool have returned to the default position of voters everywhere in Australia: disinterested, disengaged and disgusted with politics at every level.
Quite possibly, some of it is
also down to the performance of the Liverpool Council between 2008 and 2012. You’d think.
I know a lot happened and there are arguments both ways about how this lot performed, but the commentators have had their say and enough is enough.
Fuelled by a vigorous clash of personalities, the two sides on the council just couldn’t get on with each other during the past four years. The result: some decisions which can only have left voters upset that our councillors just could not find a way to work together for Liverpool.
And I’m afraid it’s looking increasingly likely the same cast of characters will be back for another four years. Boy, I hope I’m wrong on this, for the sake of our great town.
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