It is a matter of deep regret for me that you have chosen to show me such disrespect in sharing your views with the media without speaking to me first.Not the sort of letter you expect to receive from the leader of a Liberal party.
But Willie Rennie has written in those terms to five Scottish Liberal Democrats who signed a letter to The Herald newspaper. In it they questioned the Scottish party's decision not to allow Yes Scotland (the pro-independence campaign) to have a stall at its conference later this month.
Nicola Prigg, one of the five to receive it, has the full text of the letter.
She also gives some of the background to the dispute, as does Andrew Page:
I am not entirely sure who made this decision, but if either conference committee or the leadership feels that the party needs protecting from the evil rhetoric of Yes Scotland it demonstrates an insecurity and fear that is not befitting a party of our history and character.
Personally, I would welcome Yes Scotland attending - as I would Better Together. There is nothing to suggest that we should agree with the aims of an organisation in order to allow it to exhibit at our conference - after all, at Labour conference this week there is a heavy "no to HS2" campaign presence in spite of HS2 being official Labour policy. If Labour can do it, why can't we?
If Labour can do it, why can't we?I hesitate to step into a Scottish party row, but Andrew's view sounds very sensible to me.
And even if Willie disagrees, to treat opposition as showing him personal "disrespect" leaves him in danger of sounding pompous - or at least like a Mafia padrone. Time to cool it, Willie.