‘Bonny Night’ always leaves us feeling more frazzled than dazzled, especially as we consider that the Gunpowder Plot was a missed opportunity!.
Therefore it seems inevitable that Wirral Leaks was going to piss on the bonfire but when the front page of the first edition of Wirral View screams : “WIRRAL SET TO DAZZLE IN FREE FAMILY SHOW” and reports of the November 5th ‘River of Light’ suggested it ended with more of a whimper than a bang we consider it our solemn duty.
Our ire for the fireworks was irked by the fact that Wirral Council’s contribution to the display apparently cost council taxpayers £56,000 so was hardly ‘free’ and the cancellation of traditional bonfire displays elsewhere on Wirral seemed a cynical ploy to herd the masses down by the river for ‘ The Pip and Joe Show’. Although we understand there was such a local outcry in Bebington that the Mayer Park display was reinstated at the last minute.
As we predicted , for Wirral Council and Liverpool Council leaders Phil “Power Boy Pip” Davies and Joe “No – Metro Mayor” Anderson respectively , this was always going to be a bread and circuses vanity show – a dazzling distraction for the masses. A few “oohs” , a few “aahs” and cries of ” has it started yet ?” , a trudge back to the car and home for sparklers with the kiddiewinks to make up for the disappointment.
And so yet again more public money goes up in smoke in the name of our vainglorious leaders . As always promising more than they can deliver – Pip and Joe are the very definition of hubris. Foolish pride and dangerous over confidence ending in ignominious failure (see also the Pip endorsement for Joe’s failed Metro Mayor nomination).
Responding to the criticism from local resident Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) that the #riverofshite event was “all my arse” Pip and Joe have already promised that they will personally ensure that next year’s event will be a more accurate reflection of economic circumstances.