I often hear my Edinburgh Liberal colleagues citing Liverpool as an example of a well-run and dynamic Lib-Dem Local Authority ... I was therefore surprised to be shown this story from the Guardian last week.
... okay, it's a brief press report - but the full Audit Commission report (January 2008) can be found here (as a PDF). Use the search tool to look up 'Liverpool' and see what you get :-(
By contrast, have a quick look at the Audit Scotland report (here), from February 2007, about the services provided by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Liverpool or Edinburgh - choices, choices ...
... and don't just take these two reports as contrasting evidence - why not have a look at this recent Annual Performance report for 2006/2007 (the full version can be found here) published by the Council in January 2008 - under the new Lib-Dem/SNP leadership. Take their word for it - not mine.