Why are people planning to support austerity-loving, neoliberal Lib Dems at the EU elections?

Liberal Democrat values: Vince Cable sold Royal Mail at a bargain price so the buyers could make a fortune on the property value of its sorting offices – and the public lost out as the quality of service plummeted.

There seems to be a wave of collective insanity sweeping the UK as people prepare to support the right-wing, neoliberal Liberal Democrat Party at the EU elections – because it claims to be “The Party of ‘Remain'”.

Party leader Vince Cable even parroted the Tory mantra of “Strong and stable government” to Andrew Marr:

And let’s not forget that Mr Cable was happy to support Brexit, not too long ago:


Bear in mind that the EU elections should not be about Brexit at all.

No candidate gaining a seat in the European Parliament after Thursday’s election will be able to either hasten or foil Brexit. That is a matter for the UK Parliament.

But they will make a difference to the political make-up of the EU, where some member states have encountered serious problems with the resurgence of fascism.

The EU needs a socialist majority to fight that – not right-wing, neoliberal austerity-enablers like the Liberal Democrats.

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12 thoughts on “Why are people planning to support austerity-loving, neoliberal Lib Dems at the EU elections?

  1. Mark C

    I blogged about the Lib Dem’s hypocrisy myself yesterday (though far less eloquently) What galls me is that Cable is banging on about how the Lib Dems are the only party who can stop Brexit, yet neither he or Tim Farron were at a crucial Brexit legislation vote last July. Farron was doing his £5 per head lecture on why he is a homophobic Christian and as for Cable, who knows? But would’t you expect a party so utterly devoted to remaining in the EU as they claim to be there voting?

    1. Zippi

      Is he an homophobic Christian? It is a common misapprehension that Christians are homophobic.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Voting Liberal Democrat won’t help them in that respect. Are you suggesting somebody in the Liberal Democrat Party has been lying to them about this?

  2. SteveH

    Perhaps it would help if Labour policy was a little clearer. The Marr – Corbyn interview yesterday in which JC changed his mind several times didn’t help.

    Here’s a transcript of the interview, it would be difficult to claim it offers clarity. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/19051901.pdf

    The Labour party then compounded the problem by alienating the majority of their Scottish voters

    The interview with Lesley Laird the Labour Party’s Shadow Scottish Secretary was equally ‘well received’. This masterclass of obfuscation will have hurt the Scottish vote no end
    “We watched the whole of the Labour shadow Scottish Secretary’s interview on this morning’s Sunday Politics Scotland, and can confirm that this is a wholly accurate representation of what she said on it with regard to Labour’s position on Brexit.
    So for those of you keeping score: Labour does NOT support a second referendum, does NOT support the current deal, does NOT support no deal, but WOULD vote for the current deal if it included a second referendum, and would INSIST on a second referendum on any alternative deal.
    Honestly, we have no idea why anyone’s still confused

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It’s not a good idea to promote Wings Over Scotland as an accurate account of anything to do with Labour.

  3. trev

    I’ve not heard anyone I know expressing any support for the Liberals so far as I am aware. I would have thought they’re dead in the water, never to be trusted or taken seriously ever again.

  4. Zippi

    It has been reported that there is a Right Wing alliance forming in the E.U. This cannot be blamed on the actions of the U.K Government and I cannot help but think that the supra-nationalist agenda and failure of the E.U. to reform, or even stick to its own democratic principles, as written into the Treaties, has fuelled this; this hasn’t happened overnight.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      EU nations are suffering far-right incursions. To say that this is going on in the EU itself may be something of a stretch – but the only way to ensure it doesn’t happen is to ensure that socialists have the majority there. A vote for the Brexit Party would – of course – be a vote for the far-right. Look at Mr Farage’s foreign friends.

      1. Zippi

        I’m not advocating voting for the Brexit Party, I’m suggesting that something has been afoot for some time that politicians, all over Europe, have failed to either notice, or counter effectively and given that many, if not all, of these Parties are anti-E.U., the E.U. must take some responsibility and react but not in the way that it has up to now; it must change, or nothing else will. The Far Right will garner more support, there will be more unease and distrust of the E.U. and our politicians and what will result, I don’t want to imagine.

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