Letter: Liverpool needs to face reality

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Liverpool needs to face reality

Sir: As long as journalists allow Liverpudlians to enjoy and promote their cosy self-image of brave loser and victim, nothing in this city will ever change, nor will anyone want it to ("Hidden virtues of loser- friendly Liverpool", 11 March).

Yes, community is here, but parochial and rigidly defined by class, religion and background, and heaven help anyone who is neither Catholic nor working class.

Liverpudlians can choose to

stay in their early-20th-century persona or come into the nearly-21st century and face the harsh realities of modern life. They should not expect to do both, nor should they be encouraged in this by outsiders.