They say a week is a long time in politics.
Right now, every day in Liverpool's chaotic political world feels never-ending.
This week the saga surrounding Labour's attempts to find a new candidate for Liverpool's Mayoral election took a new twist as the party revealed a shortlist of two new candidates - to something of a mixed reaction.
For those unacquainted with this mess, Labour needs a new candidate after Liverpool's incumbent Mayor Joe Anderson was arrested and suspended by the party. He has not been charged but remains on bail.
The party moved quickly in January to start a selection process and shortlisted three sitting Labour councillors - Acting Mayor Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor Ann O'Byrne and Lord Mayor Anna Rothery.
But just before members in the city were about to start voting for their new candidate, all three were told to return for second interviews.
A few days later, the national party took the remarkable step of reopening all applications and telling the three previously shortlisted women not to bother putting themselves forward again.
The move - and lack of explanation for it - has turned the city, its politics and the local Labour Party upside down.
People are angry, confused, frustrated and disillusioned with the whole fiasco.
It was against this backdrop that Labour this week ploughed on with its new selection process.
Interviews took place on Monday. The ECHO understands that Liverpool Councillors Liam Robinson, Joanne Anderson and Anthony Lavelle reached this stage as well as Ann Lundon, the respected chief executive of the Florence Institute in Dingle.
Many people believe the party should not be continuing with the process until some clarity is given to why the last shortlist was suddenly torn up - and those now putting themselves forward have been met with criticism from some quarters.
On Tuesday it was revealed that Cllrs Anderson and Lavelle had made the shortlist, with Cllr Robinson missing out and Ms Lundon understood to have pulled out late on.
While some had criticised Cllr Robinson for putting himself forward, others were perplexed that he was not part of the new shortlist.
He has significantly more experience on the council than the other two councillors and has chaired the region's transport body for nearly 10 years.
Cllr Lavelle is one of the younger members of the council and was elected in 2016, with Cllr Anderson only joining the authority in 2019.
It's safe to say that the shortlisting of the two fairly inexperienced councillors did not go down well with some members of the city's ruling group of Labour councillors, who were meeting just as the news broke.
The ECHO understands that during a very tense virtual meeting of the group on Tuesday evening, some cabinet-level councillors discussed holding a vote of no confidence in the party because of how it had handled the process, but also because of the new shortlist it had produced.
Others were sending messages saying they may now consider backing independent candidate Stephen Yip, such was their anger at the situation.
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Later the same evening an open letter was issued to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and General Secretary David Evans calling for answers on why the previous shortlist had been scrapped.
Among the many signatories were Liverpool MPs Dan Carden and Ian Byrne as well as a clutch of Liverpool Labour councillors.
While there remains a lot of anger in the group and among members, others have said it is time to accept the new shortlist and get behind the candidates - because Labour faces a big challenge in retaining the mayoral position in May.
Ballots are due to arrive through members' doors from Monday and Labour plan to have a new candidate in place by the end of the month.
This will give whoever is elected just over a month to get their name and their plans circulated around the city ahead of comfortable Labour's most difficult set of elections since they came to power in the city in 2010.
This has been the most extraordinary build-up to an election many of us have ever seen - and there are bound to be further twists in the tale to come.