When being called a Liberal Democrat is taken as an insult

by Stephen Tall on February 20, 2009

LDV has mentioned previously the tendency of Gordon Brown to attempt (rather pathetically) to rile Liberal Democrats by referring to ‘the Liberal party’ at Prime Minister’s Questions. Well, up in Liverpool, the Liberal party is taking considerable offence at being referred to as Liberal Democrats, as the Liverpool Echo reports:

A CITY leader is at the centre of a standards investigation into claims he was rude to a charity set up to encourage black people into politics. Liberal group leader Cllr Steve Radford is alleged to have breached the members code of conduct in comments he made to Operation Black Vote staff.

The row broke out after Cllr Radford took offence at being addressed as a Liberal Democrat rather than a Liberal. It came to a head when he blasted the organisation’s “stupidity” in writing to him at the Lib Dem headquarters in Wavertree rather than Liberal HQ in Tuebrook.

Documents obtained by the ECHO reveal OBV then told Cllr Radford he was at times “neither decent or polite” and his rudeness “would not be tolerated”.

Cllr Radford had been offered the chance to apologise by the standards committee but said he was standing firm, adding: “If an organisation that’s supposed to encourage people to get involved in politics doesn’t know the difference between a Liberal and a Liberal Democrat, having been corrected twice, then it’s not for me to apologise.”