Melbourne recently topped The Economist’s liveability rankings for a fifth consecutive year. Cue much fanfare and absurd hyperbole from Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and every other organisation that wants to bask in the glow. Except they are rubbish. No one actually believes any of these absurd statements. And how do they measure them? Some intern who hasn’t been to any of the cities in the running cribbing uncheckable statistics off Google.
Please stop shouting about it when your city is named the world’s most liveable. It just makes you look silly and parochial and that you have never actually travelled anywhere. The best city in the world. Probably the one you live in. Let’s leave it at that shall we.