Liverpool? Why Liverpool?

Liverpool isn’t the capital of anything, least of all culture. “Nobody can seriously hold that Liverpool has more ‘cultural assets’ than London, Edinburgh, Manchester or Birmingham. Its theatres, galleries and museums do not outrank theirs. Liverpool had The Beatles, the beat poets, a river front and fine buildings which the city fathers have so far failed to demolish. But everyone has left who was not screwed to the floor. Liverpudlians are legendarily cussed and given to drinking. That is not culture. Nor can London’s army of Scousers talk: why are they reading this and not back home saving their city and reading the Post?”