If you want Brexit cancelled, they said…vote Liberal Democrats, they said.
We will simply cancel it.
No second referendum, no ifs, no buts, die in a ditc… oh no, wait, that was… this melon!
I always thought, much though I’d like to remain in the EU, that as a policy, it was not particularly ‘liberal’ nor was it even slightly ‘democratic’ to reverse, without consultation, that which a narrow majority of the British people had voted for in a referendum (even one which had involved a certain amount of dubious online activity and shed loads of “dark money”.
And it seems that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t think much of the policy, because the LibDems have been tanking in the polls, falling in YouGov from 23% to 13% in 6 weeks.
So today, they sent out Layla Moran (me neither… and surely a policy change this important deserved Swinson herself to be publicly eating crow) to tell BBC Breakfast that the party had reverted to Plan A and that Plan B was only in operation as long as Jo Swinson won the party a majority and the Liberal Democrats formed the next government… She appeared to agree that that was (now) highly unlikely! (Personally, I thought it was always highly unlikely to the point of being farcical.)
Now, it seems, this week’s policy is to have a second referendum.
It brings to mind the pledge in their 2010 manifesto to maintain university student fees at £3,000 pa in England and Wales and to fight for a fairer alternative.
(You may recall that the “fairer alternative” turned out to be increasing the fees to £9,000!)
The Liberal Democrats took the SNP to court today to stop them distributing a leaflet that pointed out that Swinson had accepted money (£14,000) from a guy who runs a company that fracks. The Liberal Democrats are supposed to be against fracking (except when they are not…ie when they are being told what to vote for by The Tories!)
The complaint was upheld, despite the fact that they had, in fact, accepted money from a fracking company boss.
According to Philip Sim on Twitter, Jo Swinson’s QC, Roddy Dunlop argued that the SNP leaflet was defamatory and “peddling a lie”, saying the donation was made to her constituency office, not her, it was from a director of Warwick Energy in a personal capacity, and that the company “does not engage in fracking”…
And apparently, the judge backed that up.
I wonder what her constituency office did with it.
Perhaps they bought a lot of tea and coffee, or perchance it was spent on stationery or new carpets…
Or, and this is just a wild guess, maybe they donated it to her election campaign, eh?
I suppose it’s not hypocritical to take money from your constituency office, is it?
Strong language warning on last joke (number 10).
Thanks to BJSAlba for these.
Thanks to John and RS for the Bulgarian flora!!!