FROM afar, it looks like it’s getting messy in Liverpool, where Luciana Berger – formerly St Pancras and Somers Town council candidate – is trying to hold onto the Liverpool Wavertree constituency for Labour against a Lib Dem assault.
Party bickering over her selection reached the pages of the Mail on Sunday over the weekend where the old story of her not dating Euan Blair, the ex-red-tie-wearing-Prime-Minister’s son, resurfaced.
Straight into the thick of the campaign, she was asked who Bill Shankly was? It’s the kind of how-much-is-a-loaf-of-bread, pint of a milk question that election candidates hate. Luciana – dubbed ‘Lucky Luciana’ by the Mail On Sunday angry members in Liverpool – stumbled when questioned by the Liverpool Echo in an inspired Mersey survey.
This is how the Echo reported it:
Who performed Ferry Cross the Mersey? Answer: I’ve no idea
Who was Bill Shankly? Answer: I don’t know. On hearing who the Anfield legend was, she said: “You can’t ask a girl a football question.”
Poor Luciana. To avoid embarrassment, what she could have done is phoned a friend. Euan, for instance. I’m told he’s a big Liverpool fan and could have filled her in on the club’s illustrious history and all the good things glory-glory manager Shankly did for it. He may not have a Scouse accent but Euan apparently used to turn out in full Liverpool kit when playing soccerball during his university days.
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Jan 24: Luciana heads to Liverpool