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Leader of the gang

Warren Bradley hangs on in there to rule the city council for another day. Whatever next?

Published on May 15th 2008.


Leader of the gang

By Larry Neild

FIRST there was Buster Crabbe playing death-defying Flash Gordon in those Saturday matinee cliff hanger serials. The episodes always ended with a seemingly unsolvable dilemma.

Fast forward a handful of decades and Warren “The Warrior” Bradley is starring in his own political blockbuster.

The masses converged on the Town Hall, many of them stroking Ferdie, my faithful whippet and bodyguard.
Even Warren The Warrior stroked
Ferdie for good luck. Ferdie took a liking
to dog lover Warren. Could he smell his boxer, or was it
his boxer shorts?

Can the Warrior overcome a dismal showing at the ballot box? Will the people forgive the one-time hero for a catalogue of disasters? Will Emperor Kemp dispatch The Warrior to a political wilderness? Can Clein the Apothecary concoct a special brew to sap the power of The Warrior?

Tune in for the next spellbinding episode of Warren the Warrior Versus The Gang of Two, showing at a movie theater near you.

Liverpool’s very own Flash Gordon, aka firefighter to the stars Warren Bradley, spectacularly survived a double-edge sword at Liverpool Town Hall Monday night. He remains as King of the Universe. Well, OK, let’s not get too carried away, as leader of Liverpool City Council. As I exclusively predicted last week, Warren could not be written off.

Once upon a time, the Lib Dems used to meet, like the other parties, at Millennium House. Then somebody realised spies has infiltrated their inner sanctum. Surely this was a job for James Bond 007? But it turned out that because of a hyper sensitive, state-of-the-art hearing loop installed in the Lib Dem meeting rooms, hard-of-hearing opposition members, wandering around outside, could pick up the secret deliberations on their digital hearing aids.

And so it was that the action was moved, unfolding at the Town Hall, Monday night.

Early arrivals supped latte and mocha opposite at Starbucks. They were tight-lipped.

Richard Kemp meandered by, snatching a few words, before he entered the Warrior’s Den.

The masses converged on the Town Hall, many of them stroking Ferdie, my faithful whippet and bodyguard. Even Warren The Warrior stroked Ferdie for good luck. Ferdie took a liking to dog lover Warren. Could he smell his boxer, or was it his boxer shorts?

Warren smiled, look happy and confident as he gingerly skipped into the Town Hall. A smart car pulled up. Out popped Nadia Stewart, newcomer to the Lib Dem Chapter. She said nothing, though nobody asked her anything.

Inside, Bradley, then Kemp, then Clein addressed their inquisitors. Word is that Kemp was the best speaker, powerful, forceful, business-like. Paul Clein seemingly didn’t impress. Somebody joked that even his own wife, fellow councillor Jan Clein, heckled him. Repeat: that was a joke. Bradley played it straight, a lifelong, stuffing-leaflets
-into-envelopes as a child, disciple.

Just over an hour later it was all over. Warren emerged to tell hungry newshounds he’d won outright. The defeated seemingly left by a side door as Warren gave his victory interviews.

It seemed Warren knew before the meeting he had won: his loyal supporters had telephoned him to promise their support. He was genuinely delighted, perhaps overwhelmed, by the support on the night.

Will the Buster Crabbe of 2008 be able to rescue Liverpool? Can the Lib Dems be united? Will the Warrior survive the forthcoming Standards Board investigation into accusations that he conspired to have Jason Harborow removed from his post as Culture Co chief?

Watch out for the next thrilling episode, “Knight of the Long Knives”, featuring a big shake-up of his round table, with sackings from the powerful executive board.

Will the banished remain loyal to Warren, undisputed King of the Castle? It’s all coming soon to a council chamber movie theater near where you live.

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DavidMay 13th 2008.

"Once upon a time, the Lib Dems used to meet, like the other parties, at Millennium House. Then somebody realised spies has infiltrated their inner sanctum. Surely this was a job for James Bond 007? But it turned out that because of a hyper sensitive, state-of-the-art hearing loop installed in the Lib Dem meeting rooms, hard-of-hearing opposition members, wandering around outside, could pick up the secret deliberations on their digital hearing aids."Is this true?

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