Letter: Liverpool faces up to harsh facts

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Liverpool faces up to harsh facts

Sir: On the day after the latest Liverpudlian received a knighthood, Evelyn Ross (letter, 13 March) castigates Paul Vallely for allowing Liverpudlians to "enjoy and promote their cosy self-image of brave loser and victim" in his perceptive article "Hidden virtues of loser-friendly Liverpool" (11 March).

Paul Vallely's article was about how the city has survived in the face of adversity. I witness this every day of my life in the school and university where I teach, and among audiences I perform to as a musician. It is, I assure you, a city which very much has had to face the "harsh realities of modern life".