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Ed Davey elected leader of the Party of Mischief

Irrelevant: Ed Davey (right) with former Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, who led the party to a crashing defeat including the loss of her own Parliamentary seat in the 2019 general election.

It doesn’t really matter who the new leader of the Liberal Democrats is; as an electoral force, that party is over.

Nowadays it has proved more useful to the Conservatives, as a way of ensuring Labour cannot get the seats the main Opposition party needs to win an election.

No doubt you’ve seen the literature that spews forth from the Lib Dems at every election saying “Labour can’t win here!” illustrated with the infamous Liberal Democrat block graph that has been doctored to make Labour’s share of the most recent vote look less than it actually was.

Most recently, both newly-elected party leader Sir Ed Davey and his rival Layla Moran outflanked Keir Starmer’s newly-centrist Labour Party by advocating left-wing policies including higher taxes for the rich and a Universal Basic Income – Corbynite policies that Starmer dropped like hot coals.

Davey will never be in government to enact those policies – but his party’s support of them shows up Starmer’s Labour as having abandoned its core support base.

The result is likely to be a drain of support from Labour to the Liberal Democrats, ensuring further victories for the Conservatives.

And that’s despite the fact that the current Conservative government under Boris Johnson gives incompetence a bad name.

Source: Sir Ed Davey wins Liberal Democrat leadership race – BBC News

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If the Lib Dems are the Party of ‘Remain’, why are they suddenly supporting Theresa May?

Vince Cable: It’s so long since he was newsworthy, this is the most recent image of him that I have. One can imagine him going into Downing Street in this hat and scarf in an attempt to be incognito.

In a perverse way, it seems we should be grateful to Vince Cable for clarifying the Brexit mess.

We had been let to believe that Theresa May was determined to force vote after vote on her Brexit deal, in an attempt to wear down MPs who hate it – and that Jeremy Corbyn would table motions of “no confidence” every time she lost: Brexit limbo.

Mr Cable has stepped in to break this deadlock, as Evolve Politics revealed:

So once again the Liberal Democrats are propping up a Conservative government. Does that remind you of anything?

But this raises a hugely relevant question about the Liberal Democrats. As the self-styled “Party of Remain”, isn’t it a huge contradiction for them to be supporting the enactors of Brexit?

This discrepancy was picked up by the Twitterati:

And Helena Bowie tweeted: “Just proves what I’ve been thinking since the coalition. You would think they would have learnt after getting wiped out.”

Then it was suggested that Mr Cable may be trying to force Labour into supporting a second referendum:

Of course, the so-called “People’s Vote” is a trap for Labour. The party’s policy is to push for a general election but, failing that, to support a second referendum (if I recall correctly). So if Mrs May announces another plebiscite, then Labour will support it. There’s no need to propose one directly, and in fact that would harm Labour’s electoral chances:

As it is, it seems Mr Cable has sealed electoral doom – not for Labour, but for his own party. And he didn’t even get a bung out of it:

Last word on this goes to Mark Adkins:

“Does Vince Cable really miss the smell of a brand new ministerial car that much?” Well put! Especially as it seems he really does.

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Democrats launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump

He isn’t welcome in the UK either: Anti-Trump protesters gathered outside Parliament as a debate took place on whether he should make a state visit to the UK [Image: AFP/Getty].

Six Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Donald Trump.

The legislators singled out five of Mr Trump’s actions they say merit impeachment, including his decision to fire FBI director James Comey in May.

They assert that Mr Trump obstructed justice by dismissing the top law enforcement official, who was leading a federal investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mr Trump has insisted that there was no collusion between his campaign’s advisers and the Kremlin.

The articles introduced on Wednesday accuse Mr Trump of violating the foreign emoluments clause –– which bars public officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without Congress’s consent – and the domestic emoluments clause, which prohibits the president from profiting from his office.

The Democrats also claim that Mr Trump has undermined two of the country’s most important institutions – the courts and the press – in ways that threaten the health of American democracy.

Source: Democrats start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump


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TV debates: New format proposed but will Cameron come back?

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David Cameron is facing one of the biggest challenges of his political career – now that the TV companies have offered to include the Green Party (and others) in the televised election debates, is he man enough to take part?

Cameron scampered off like a startled rabbit when he realised he could use the Green Party’s exclusion as a reason not to participate, but now broadcasters have put forward new proposals which include the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

The BBC and ITV would stage debates involving the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Greens, UKIP, SNP and Plaid, while Sky and Channel 4 will go ahead with their plan to host a head-to-head between Cameron and Ed Miliband – if Cameron has the guts for it.

However, he still has two possible escape routes – the Democrat Unionist Party will be writing to the BBC and other broadcasters to ask why it is not being included when it has more seats than the three parties that have now been included. Will he demand its inclusion as well?

And Cameron has said he is not happy with the dates being offered for the debates – April 2, 16 and 30 – saying they should take place before the official, ‘short’, campaign begins.

Who thinks he’ll chicken out again?

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