The dangers of blogging
I know I've banged on about politicians and political parties blogging, but there are also dangers inherent in it as has been proved today.
Labour's head of ethics in Liverpool Louise Baldock has escaped punishment for calling Lib Dems and Liberals "opportunistic b******s" on her blog.
Although the Standards Board for England gae her a slap on the wrist and warned her remarks could give a "negative impression" and the comments were "gratuitously offensive".
It also said it was part of the cut and thrust of politics.
In previous posts I've celebrated Cllr Baldock's blog, and I do hope that she nor others are not put off by this episode.
In time honoured fashion Cllr Baldock has apologised "to anyone who took offence" on her blog.
Nonetheless it should act as a warning to us all to think twice before getting carried away with a keyboard.
On another note, Cllr Baldock is the seventh councillor in Liverpool in recent memory to have been reported to the Standards Board.
Others on the roll are:
Labour leader Joe Anderson
Liverpool Council leader Warren Bradley
Deputy Lord Mayor (ex-council leader) Mike Storey
Former Lib Dem chief whip Steve Hurst
Deputy council leader Flo Clucas
Liberal leader Steve Radford
Apart from Steve Radford (who is awaiting the outcome of his investigation) the Standards Board has deemed that no action needed to be taken in any of the cases.