Have Liberal Democrat attacks on Luciana Berger gone too far?
Hot on the heels of Liberal Democrat Colin Eldridge getting told off by Michael Shields family for using them on a leaflet, today the Daily Post's business editor Bill Gleeson gets stuck in.
In his letter from the editor on the opening page of the Daily Post's business magazine Gleeson gets into full flow.
Gleeson's foray into the political scene may be indicative that some of the wider public think that attacks on Luciana Berger have gone too far.
Has Eldridge's campaign gone too far? Gleeson certainly thinks so, here is the full piece:
I received a disturbing election leaflet from the Liberal Democrats last week.
Posted through my letter box, the Lib-Dems' "Liverpool Today" glossy publication included an article that attacked the Labour candidate for Wavertree, "London Luciana", for not being from around here.
Luciana Berger's London roots are mentioned 12 times in a single article. Examples include "educated in a London school", "controversial London candidate" and "was standing as a councillor in London."
Colin Eldridge's London-phobia contrasts with his article's numerous references to his own "local" connections. But I can't helping thinking he's stretching the point when he makes something of the fact that his partner, Laura Gilmore, was head girl at Bishop Eton primary school. Whoop, whoop.
The fact is, Mr Eldridge is thin on detail about his own origins. All that his leaflet reveals about himself is that he currently lives at 50 Rathbone Road.
The implication is that you should vote for Mr Eldridge because he has better local connections and you should send London Luciana packing back down south because . . . well, she's not from around here.
So does this parochialism mean only local people can stand for election in any given constituency? Such an approach would certainly have reshaped British political history.
Yorkshire-born Harold Wilson would not have represented Huyton and didn't Margaret Thatcher represent a north London constituency, even though she came from Lincolnshire?
Mr Eldridge's party leader, Nick Clegg, was born of Russian and Dutch stock in very leafy Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, yet he is MP for inner-city Sheffield Hallam. Not even Mr Clegg's wife, a Spaniard, has a Sheffield connection! The last Lib-Dem MP for the Wavertree area was "Essex David", or Lord Alton of Liverpool, as he styles himself these days. Should he have been driven back south?
If we are going to be prejudiced about outsiders, should Fernando Torres and Vasily Petrenko go home?
As for "local" Colin, he was, it turns out, born and educated at St Bartholomew's school in Newbury, Berkshire, and attended the University of the West of England, wherever that is, and was until a few years ago a councillor in Bristol.
A woolly back if ever there was one. If you want my vote, Colin, you should stop talking about your girlfriend's achievements when she was aged 11 and instead tell me what you're going to do about income tax, business taxes and the economy generally. Indeed, how are you and your party going to make inward investors, including those from London, feel welcome in this part of the world?
Or would you prefer that anybody not hitched to a former Bishop Eton headgirl took the hint and kept their investment cash, their jobs and their funny London ways to themselves?
Pots, kettles and the word black come to mind.