Take a look at this:
If we work together, and back @nickcoatesnes we will beat Jacob Rees-Mogg in North East Somerset #VoteNickCoates #StopMogg pic.twitter.com/ymubNsMVg8
— BathNES Lib Dems 🔶 (@bathnesld) October 30, 2019
It’s a piece of electioneering by the Liberal Democrats that – on the face of it – presents a false impression of who are the main players in the North East Somerset constituency, running up to the general election in December.
The trick is in the small print. Congratulations if you can read it; I’ve got my specs on and the print is too small for me. Also – who is going to bother reading the small print when they haven’t been told they need to?
The gaff was well and truly blown by Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday. Take a look at the video in Dawn Foster’s tweet – and note Helen Pender’s follow-up that the Lib Dems have done the same elsewhere.
LibDems have done the same in #YorkOuter constituency.
Lies, damned lies and LibDem statistics: pic.twitter.com/06Y1S2v18b
— Helen Pen (@quiscustodis) November 4, 2019
Ms Swinson’s attempted defence is an embarrassment. “It’s labelled on there what the question is that it relates to so anyone looking at it can read what the question is”? Only if you’ve got a magnifying glass and obsessive compulsive disorder!
Still, what can you expect from the Liberal Democrats? Even when they’re directly quoting election results, they can’t resist using their infamous block graphs to mislead people.
In Brecon and Radnorshire, they came out with their usual “two-horse race” rubbish with a block graph – that completely misrepresented the differences between the parties’ standings. You can see the difference when their graph is juxtaposed with an accurate representation:
In the by-election on August 1, the Liberal Democrat candidate only won because the Brexit Party split the Conservative candidate’s vote – and the Tory was a convicted criminal.
Sophy Ridge seems to have a knack for showing Jo Swinson up. Take a look at the following clip, in which the Lib Dem leader is forced to acknowledge evidence showing that, in the Coalition government, she supported more Tory policies than some genuine Conservative MPs:
Priceless television. Jo Swinson made to listen to all the things she voted for with the Tories. pic.twitter.com/TjQurDypkc
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) November 3, 2019
Note also that she only ever seems to criticise Labour.
Perhaps it’s right that she is next to Boris Johnson in the image at the top of this article. She tries to mislead the public as much as he does, and she certainly supports Tory policies.
And that’s the hidden message – that Liberal Democrats will support the Conservatives, if there’s a hung Parliament and they end up with the balance of power.
In other words: Vote Liberal Democrat – get Tory.
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Grossly dishonest of the Lib Dems. Though I suppose there MIGHT be some constituencies (in the West Country, perhaps) that are actually held by the Cons but the Lib Dems might squeeze into if Labour voters held their noses and voted for them.
But , here in my constituency in the South, Labour are within a few thousand of unseating the Tory MP and there are actual NON-Labour members volunteering to help us with leaflets etc because we offer a Peoples Vote AND we might win!!
We will certainly be targetting possible Lib Dem voters and acquainting them with the reality of their situation. Swinson’s power fantasies are splitting the anti-Tory vote.
oh sorry Mike. Is the rest of the country having a general election? In Hampstead & Kilburn the Libs are running the Brexit referendum. Their manifesto is stated as stay in EU – so only one pledge to break this time.
Jo Swinson was my MP in East Dunbartonshire and a Tory policy left me on the verge of suicide, her reaction was to support the policy and offered no help, forcing me down South.
She’s called a Tartan Tory up there !
The Lib-Dem are yellow tory nothing more nothing less,and major Lies.
Lib Dems should honour the Brexit vote and stop pissing off the majority of the population
Only a minority of the population voted for Brexit.