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That falls eight days before the first anniversary of the election and it is widely either to lay down the law or to try to smooth ruffled feathers.
But he's in an awkward spot, trying to smooth ruffled feathers, deflect blame and keep some family harmony as his wife dispenses sarcasm and scorn.
NATURE watch: ornithologists aerated over dredging Sefton Park lake during the breeding season prompted a Liverpool council spokesperson to smooth ruffled feathers, saying: "This programme of mitigation measures includes relaxing the maintenance regime in those areas of the park outside the contract boundary and providing additional nesting opportunities in neighbouring Greenbank Park.