How kind of Liberal Democrat leadership candidates to tell us all that they would cheerfully jump into bed with the Tories again – but wouldn’t enter a coalition with Labour.
Voters in the August 1 Brecon and Radnorshire by-election should draw the obvious conclusion: that a vote for the Liberal Democrats will not keep out the Tories.
In fact, only a vote for Labour will guarantee that the Conservatives will not benefit from the by-election.
It seems that, for once, the Liberal Democrat election merchandise really isn’t lying and it is a two-horse race!
But their horse has been lamed by the party’s leadership hopefuls. The Tories and the Brexit Party are both fielding donkeys, as we know.
That means Labour’s candidate should be the odds-on favourite.
If he isn’t, we’ll need to examine the reasons voters are being misled.
Here’s what Ms Swinson and Mr Davey said:
Liberal Democrat leadership hopefuls Jo Swinson and Sir Ed Davey have both ruled out propping up any future Corbyn-led Labour government.
Speaking in a Sky News head-to-head debate, the two MPs hoping to lead the Lib Dems said they would not join a coalition headed by Jeremy Corbyn.
“Absolutely not,” said Jo Swinson. “He’s a Brexiteer and is a danger to our country.”
“No coalition with Corbyn and Labour,” agreed Sir Ed.
“Partly because of his position on Brexit… but also he’s a very far left politician.
“The far left have their grasp of the Labour Party – they’re moving it to the far left – and that’s a really damaging threat to our economy.”
Labour chairman Ian Lavery told the Mirror:
“The bedroom tax, the tripling of tuition fees and the public sector pay freeze are just some of the disastrous policies that the Lib Dems and Conservatives shamefully imposed on our country.
“For Jo Swinson to suggest that her party could go back into coalition with the Conservatives tells you all you need to know about whose side the Lib Dems are really on.”
Let’s not stop at the bedroom tax, tuition fees and the public sector pay freeze, though! Why not list some other examples of Lib Dem collusion with the Tories?
There are a lot. This list is from Pride’s Purge:
- Allowing private companies to cherry pick plum NHS contracts
- Tax cuts for the rich
- Increase in VAT
- Sale of school playing fields
- Secret courts
- Closing libraries
- Cutting education budgets
- Privatisation of Royal Mail (Vince Cable’s personal project)
- Closing Sure Start centres
- Demonising the sick and disabled
- Benefit cuts for cancer patients
- The badger cull
- Cuts to the Social Fund for people in financial crisis
- Removal of employment protections for workers
- Removal of legal aid
So the Lib Dems have already helped the Tories cause misery – and have admitted they may do it again. Why would anybody vote for them?
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