Sorry for my ignorance of British culture, but I only know the word Scouse applied to Liverpool accent and to some meat stew. From your comments here, I'd guess that Liverpool people have some reputation for keeping money. Is that correct?
This is a great shame and that along with Comet marks the loss of two major UK major retailers in 3 months. Apart from London Camera Exchange, there are now no national high street UK photography dealers. I suppose Calumet, but only a handful of city stores. What a loss, it's always nice to hold the camera or lens before one buys.