Swear-word cock-up in Cornwall

by Stephen Tall on June 2, 2009

Oh dear:

Liberal Democrats have apologised after a campaign leaflet was sent out which uses a swear word to describe a Cornish nationalist candidate. The paperwork was distributed on behalf of Anna Pascoe, Lib Dem candidate for Cornwall Council elections on 4 June.

It calls Mebyon Kernow candidate Stuart Cullimore a “greasy-haired twat”. He is considering what action to take.

The Lib Dems are investigating how about 40 of the leaflets were printed and distributed around Camborne. … Ms Pascoe’s agent, Joe Taylor, said it was not an authorised leaflet, but “some kind of prank that’s back-fired”.

He said: “I am absolutely outraged about this myself. What’s particularly distressing is that we took the decision to fight a positive campaign.”

He said he had put out a similar leaflet, of which about 1,700 were printed and checked.

“We think about 40 offending leaflets were distributed by one of our volunteers. It’s a small but extremely busy office. People are coming and going all the time.”