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Roger McGough is undoubtedly right to describe Liverpool, the home town of the Beatles, as "liberatingly lyrical" in his poem to celebrate it becoming the 2008 European capital of culture. As the city that spawned Brookside, his description of Liverpool as "lippy" is also pretty much incontrovertible. But to call it "essentially europhile" is quite surprising. Still, we're glad to hear it. Perhaps Liverpool might be a good place for the Prime Minister to kick-start the campaign for an EU constitution "yes" vote. Especially since Mr McGough cites another Liverpudlian attribute as being: "Obsessive optimistic". In the pro-European camp, we need as much of that as we can get.

Roger McGough is undoubtedly right to describe Liverpool, the home town of the Beatles, as "liberatingly lyrical" in his poem to celebrate it becoming the 2008 European capital of culture. As the city that spawned Brookside, his description of Liverpool as "lippy" is also pretty much incontrovertible. But to call it "essentially europhile" is quite surprising. Still, we're glad to hear it. Perhaps Liverpool might be a good place for the Prime Minister to kick-start the campaign for an EU constitution "yes" vote. Especially since Mr McGough cites another Liverpudlian attribute as being: "Obsessive optimistic". In the pro-European camp, we need as much of that as we can get.

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