I can't bring myself to do anything but place the liberal here in inverted commas. I've lost count of the times when Jeanette - Lib Dem leader in Bradford - has said something along the lines of:
"I'm a liberal democrat not a liberal"
And today (although for some reason I can't find the story on the Telegraph & Argus website), Jeanette demonstrates the truth of this - she ain't a liberal she's a nannying fussbucket:
"I have been at meetings where several officers and the chair call for a break so they can go out for a cigarette. The rest of us are waiting, it is a lost opportunity to get things done."
This fussbucketry continues as Jeanette claims that these breaks cost "up to £500" and that us councillors shouldn't be breaking for a fag because we're now "going to have a say" on public health.
At a time when Bradford faces real challenges such as jobs and regeneration, it is pretty sad that nannying fussbucketry is all that comes to the mind of our "liberal" democrats.