Oh dear. The by-election in Moray is certainly becoming rather lively. After the Conservatives got into a bit of bother last week over sending out letters of endorsement from people who, er, said they hadn't agreed to it, the LibDem campaign has now hit the buffers in a row with the local paper. Today's Scotsman newspaper says today that the LibDem candidate Linda Gorn has been accused of "dirty tricks" and her campaign team were accused of behaving like "snake-oil salesmen" by the editor of the area's main weekly newspaper. All this over claims that a LibDem leaflet appeared claimed the paper was supporting Ms Gorn's candidature. The Scotsman reports: "One of the extracts states that the Liberal Democrats are "on their way up in Moray and fighting to win" but omits the crucial words "they claim" which were included in the original candidate profile by one of the newspapers' senior reporters, Fiona McPherson. The second extract states: "The party has a strong candidate in Mrs Gorn and if (the people of Moray) choose her as their MSP, they will have a really formidable MSP who will work hard." The extract is attributed to the Northern Scot but is, in fact, a statement made by Danny Alexander, the party's MP for Inverness, Badenoch and Strathspey, as part of the same report on Mrs Gorn. Pauline Taylor, the editor of the Northern Scot, told The Scotsman: "I have never known anything like it. It is just appalling that they are doing this." A spokesman for Ms Gorn's campaign team defended the party's actions. He said: "Our intention was never to mislead anyone."
No, no, perish the thought!