When he isn't surreptitiously texting or phoning his cabinet colleagues in the latest machinations over Gordon Brown's position, Andy Burnham is otherwise engaged as the culture minister. As you'd suspect, Andy is one of the most prominent cheerleaders for Liverpool08, so much so, in fact, that he's issued an invitation to the culture ministers from the other 26 European Union states to visit the city before the year ends (http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/07/29/europe-s-culture-ministers-invited-to-liverpool-64375-21421491/ ):
"Mr Burnham --who recently said the Capital of Culture year has 'surpassed all expectations-- explained: 'I said to all the culture ministers "Come and see us before the year is over".'
"I think it's really important that I spread the message, wherever I go, about how Liverpool has made a real run of its Capital of Culture year, about what a success it is.
"I'm sure that one or two of the culture ministers have visited already, but hopefully a few more of them will now come. I'm very much thinking about the legacy of 2008, including the international aspect.' "
Surpassed all expectations? What a success 2008 has been? The legacy of 2008?
Seems like Andy is also the minister for bullshit.