Domain Names: suttonlibdems.org.uk
There is a tantalizingly brief report of a decision by Nominet panellist Bob Elliott in a domain name dispute brought by the Sutton Borough Liberal Democrats against the Carshalton and Wallington Constituency Labour Party (see
The poor old respondents don't seem to have a website of their own, poor things, and even if they did how much traffic would it get nowadays. So just as their Chancellor took his lead from Vince Cable when looking for a solution to Northern Rock the Carshalton and Wallington CLP registered suttonlibdems.org.uk as a domain name. Very understandable since they came a poor third in the last general election:
.... and their electoral prospects have not exactly soared since then despite the heroic efforts of Mrs Gordon Brown in my home town two weeks ago.
Alas for them Gerry Jerome of the local Liberal Democrats referred the case to Nominet under the Dispute Resolution Service Policy who decided the claim in his favour. Unfortunately, Nominet's decisions are pretty brief compared to those that WIPO panellists have to write (eg buy-tamiflu-online.com). I should have loved to have read the arguments. There is free mediation in Nominet disputes. How the Labour Party allowed the case to continue the Lord only knows. And by "the Lord" I am not referring to the new Secretary of State for Business even though he is called Peter. Perhaps the explanation for this gaff is hubris.