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All human life is here on streets of the city that never sleeps; Rex MAKIN The Liverpool lawman is Makin his point.

Byline: Rex MAKIN

INCREASING numbers of shoppers have transformed the fortunes of the city centre making it once again one of the UK's top shopping destinations.

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You only have to look at the throngs of people to see the impact of things like Liverpool One.

If you think the streets are crowded, then wander through the Cavern Quarter, Victoria Street or Concert Square weekend evenings and you'll be forgiven for thinking you have been transported to another planet.

The place is heaving. Among the revellers you'll find an army of helpful do-gooders, all keeping a watchful eye on things.

Apart from the police, some on horseback, and community safety officers, there are street pastors engaging with young people, taxi rank marshals to keep order when it's home time, volunteers looking out for rough sleepers to make sure they are safe. It seems all human life is there on the streets of Liverpool now surely a city that never sleeps.

? I WAS rather surprised at Liverpool Lib Dem leader Richard Kemp's caustic comments about the poor attendance of Councillor Sharon Green at Council meetings - only thrice in 12 months. She'd have been turfed out if still in our group he implied.

I am reliably informed that in recent years, one about to retire Lib Dem Cllr (among for mer leader Warren Bradley's staunchest supporters) attended only the absolute minimum of two Council meetings and no Lib Dem group meetings at all. The sanction for this flagrant flouting of group rules? Er, nothing actually and not a peep from then deputy group leader Kemp.

? FURTHER to my column of January 11, Frank Dunne writes to me: "St George's Plateau is listed as a Grade I site by English Heritage which was involved in obtaining funds for the restoration of both St George's Hall and its Plateau.

"My main argument is that previously the Union Flag was flown from above St George's Hall, but now Liverpool City Council prefers it to be demoted to ground level. But why? I am convinced the matter has been influenced by the Council's desire to be nice to the European Union to ensure intake from the EU Regional Development Fund, and part of this process is the diminishment of anything British in favour of gradual Europeanisation.

"Dozens of organisations have been fined for failing to display the EU flag and therefore being in breach of regulations regarding EU publicity. Here in Liverpool the Kings Dock development was fined."

I wholeheartedly agree with Frank on this matter.

? THE TV programme on BBC1, Pointless, is pointless in more ways than one. No opportunity is lost to tell the contestants how wonderful, marvellous, brilliant and fantastic they are.

Truly, they do seem to be devoid of ordinary persons who try to attempt a normal response to the pointless questions.

Whilst over on Channel 4 around about news time we have Hollyoaks.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2013
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