Lib Dems see red over 'Tory turquoise'
Local Liberal Democrat parties are in revolt over the decision by the party's high command to introduce "aqua" - a kind of turquoisey blue - as an official party colour in addition to the traditional orange/yellow. See the Lib Dem website for what I mean.
"Which 'cretin' decided to use 'aqua' as an official Lib Dem colour alongside yellow?" asks the latest edition of Liberator, the magazine of radical Lib Dem activists.
"The 'aqua' is almost identical to the colour used by the Conservatives, as is plainly obvious to all except those with the misfortune to suffer colour blindness."
Liberator describes the change as a "piece of idiocy by style obsessed fools who cannot see the political implications of using blue... it is a liability who should not be allowed within a million miles of the general election campaign".
This has led to a "grassroots rebellion", the co-editor of Liberator Simon Titley tells me.
"Cowley Street (Lib Dem HQ) recently sent out 'style guidelines' to local parties but many constituencies will be sticking with the traditional yellow/orange colour. The ALDC (Association of Lib Dem Councillors) last week sent its members guidelines on how to adapt the style guide for local 'Focus' leaflets, but has produced mock-ups in both colour schemes."
Mr Titley adds that: "During the forthcoming election campaign, the proportion of local parties sticking with the old colours will be an indication of the extent of the rebellion."
And an indication, too, of how much the Lib Dems practise the kind of devolution they preach.
Mind you, I did think the old Lib Dem orange was getting very tired and dated.
And please will the Lib Dems abolish those irritating orange diamond placards - now presumably aqua placards - which activists wave around and which spoil our TV pictures in campaign coverage.
I can easily see myself decapitating some wretched activist with one of the placards before long.