Pride goeth before destruction
Lady Bracknell, who was otherwise unmoved by her reading of said letter, was nonplussed by the Lord Lieutenant's statement, "Merseyside is proud of you". She is not persuaded that it is possible to feel proud of an individual of whose existence one was not previously aware.
At the time of the last census, the population of Merseyside was estimated at just over 1.3 million souls. Whilst the editor is by no means a shrinking violet (on the contrary, Lady Bracknell has often felt it necessary to have words with her about her deplorable habit of engaging complete strangers in conversation), it would be stretching credulity beyond any reasonable limit to imagine that she has had the time or the opportunity to make herself known to more than a tiny fraction of the population as a whole.
In order to put the veracity of the Lord Lieutenant's statement to the test, a colleague of the editor has devised what can only be described as a cunning plan. (A plan which, apparently, has its genesis in a particularly unwholesome Channel 4 programme in which willing victims are exposed firstly to the humiliation of having passers by estimate their age when they are dressed in their most unbecoming garments, and latterly to intrusive medical procedures designed to eradicate any element of individuality from their appearance. This is then termed as "looking younger".)
The editor's colleague (whom we shall call, "T") suggests that she and the editor should stand in the centre of Liverpool on a busy shopping day. While the editor writhes under the scrutiny of the great unwashed and makes frantic attempts to look inconspicuous, T will approach them with a microphone and a camera crew and demand in stentorian tones, "Excuse me Sir/Madam, could you tell me whether you are proud of this woman?"
There is, of course, no need to actually run this exercise. It should be abundantly clear to even those whose intellectual capacity is such that they have attached vulgar little flags to the windows of their motor cars in order to "celebrate" England's participation in the World Cup that the suggestion that Merseyside is proud of the editor is utterly nonsensical. And Lady Bracknell would thank the Lord Lieutenant not to put such ideas into the woman's head at a time when she is already proving more than ordinarily intractable on the subject of taking dictation.