There's a reet old row brewing up in Doncaster between the local LibDems and Labour MP Denis MacShane. The LibDems put out one of their lovely Focus leaflets which said "Labour selected this non-British citizen who cannot vote in general elections". The councillor in question was Danish born woman Eva Hughes, who has lived in this country for 22 years.
Denis MacShane threw a wobbly, saying the leaflet was the "using the language we normally associate with the BNP" and he asked Nick Clegg to apologise. Instead, Lord Rennard was despatched to calm things down, but it doesn't quite seem to have worked. He retorted: "The leaflet in question was self-evidently in no way xenophobic; instead it was a perfectly legitimate attack on the recent conduct in office of a Labour councillor."
Labour are now no doubt searching for LibDem councillors or European candidates who were also not born in this country to prove that the LibDems are hypocritical.
It is a bit of a storm in a teacup, as the national party cannot monitor every local leaflet which is being put out. But one can just imagine than if the boot had been on the other foot, the LibDems would have been jumping up and down in synthetic outrage. That's why I am surprised Rennard didn't just issue a short apology and close the story down.
Because as it stands, Denis MacShane has got the bit between his teeth and shows no sign of letting go.