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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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Lib Dem leader candidates just handed by-election voters a great excuse NOT to support their party

Jo Swinson and Ed Davey: True blue?

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?

Source: Liberal Democrat leadership race: Jo Swinson and Ed Davey rule out Corbyn coalition | Politics News | Sky News

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Liberal Democrat hypocrisy over rail fares and energy prices

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Pre-election policy reversals are suggesting that the Liberal Democrats’ co-operation with the Conservative Party will cost them dearly.

The Liberal Democrats say they want to make it much easier for households to switch energy suppliers, and are pledging to end above-inflation rail fare increases.

They’ve got a nerve, haven’t they?

Check They Work For You and you may find that most Liberal Democrat MPs have voted against slowing the rise in rail fares. Vince Cable did. So did Danny Alexander and Ed Davey – and This Writer’s own MP, Roger Williams.

As for making it easier to switch energy suppliers, let’s look at the record of Mr Davey – who, until very recently, was the Coalition Government’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Faced with Labour’s proposals to freeze energy prices, he said this would be disastrous because the so-called ‘Big Six’ energy firms would all push up their prices both before and after such a freeze.

He was, of course, completely wrong. The energy firms have all cut their prices – before Labour even had a chance to gain office and implement its planned freeze.

According to the BBC, “the Liberal Democrats say their plans will shift the balance of power back in favour of consumers and commuters to ease the cost of living and save families hundreds of pounds a year” – but Labour’s price freeze plans have ensured that this has already happened.

So it seems the Liberal Democrats are proposing a complete policy reversal on rail fares, while refusing to face the facts about energy.

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‘Gazelle-like’ campaigner tries citizen’s arrest on Cabinet members over fracking

Discussion: Police officers examine Mr Mobbs' evidence.

Discussion: Police officers examine Mr Mobbs’ evidence.

An anti-fracking campaigner has been arrested after he suggested that he would climb “gazelle-like” over the Downing Street fence and make a citizen’s arrest on David Cameron, George Osborne and Ed Davey for misconduct in public office.

Paul Mobbs was arrested yesterday afternoon after spending several hours in a dialogue with police officers who eventually arrested him under anti-terrorism legislation.

He was carrying copies of all his research, in the belief that – if arrested – this would have to be admitted as evidence and could provide proof that he had a legal case against members of the government.

Tina Louise Rothery explained the day’s events in a Facebook post:

“Around 3pm today Paul was arrested under the Terrorism Act (Highways section) for blocking the entrance to Downing Street in his attempt to make a citizen’s arrest of… key members in the government. He has acted in this way as he believes that members in government are guilty of Misconduct In Public Office in reference to fracking.

“He arrived with a small team of witnesses and documenters at the entrance to Downing Street at around 11.15 … and proceeded to explain his intentions to the police on the gates. At first they ignored him but his politeness and clear knowledge of his rights necessitated that they eventually sent in their commanding officer who was joined quickly by two other officers.

“He explained that, as he has exhausted all other routes for taking action with regards to the fact that his research shows that the crime of Misconduct In Public Office is being committed, he has only one last resort which is to effect a citizen’s arrest himself… His arguments were erudite and his temper remained pleasant and non confrontational at all times, as you can see from the photographs. In fact, there was not one officer that he spoke with who did not end up smiling and laughing, particularly when he said that he was going to leap over the fence soon and they responded that he probably was a bit too big and old for that and he responded that, being an avid rambler, he can move ‘gazelle like’ if he wanted.

“He had on his person all his research and that would have to be admissible evidence in any trial and of course, his research may very well prove that members of government are actually breaking the law. In fact, you could see that over the course of the three hours he was talking with them, many of them [the police] were finding his evidence compelling themselves.

Arrest: Mr Mobbs is taken into custody.

Arrest: Mr Mobbs is taken into custody.

“Eventually, he took to stating that he was going to use his body to block any traffic coming in or out of Downing Street. At this point, a police van turned up and he was arrested. As you can see in the picture, he went peacefully. We believe he was taken to Charing Cross police station.”

Here is a short film covering these events:

Mr Mobbs’ research is available on his website.

His final report on fracking is soon to be released – he gave that to the police as soon as he arrived at Downing Street. He has also released an update of his ‘frackogram’, which he says seems to point clearly at serious misconduct in office.

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Do YOU want your national parks messed up by oil and gas prospectors?

Snouts in the trough: Martin Rowson's Guardian cartoon goes straight to the heart of the matter - GREED.

Snouts in the trough: Martin Rowson’s Guardian cartoon goes straight to the heart of the matter – fat cats and pigs fouling up the landscape in the name of GREED.

Britain’s treasured national parks could be spoiled by oil and gas companies using them as drilling sites, if our treacherous Coalition government has its way.

People are already angry because the Coalition intends to open up about half the country – presumably those parts not owned or inhabited by members of the Coalition – for fracking by oil and gas companies. The plan is to allow drilling even if it takes place under citizens’ houses.

With less than a year until a general election that they know they are likely to lose, it seems that David Cameron’s Conservatives are determined to strip the whole country to the bone in the name of naked greed.

Perhaps they consider this to be poetic justice after we stopped them selling off publicly-owned parks and common land, back in the early days of the current Parliament; the logic seems to be, “If we can’t sell them, we’ll ruin them so nobody can enjoy them anyway”.

The plan is being handled by business minister Matthew Hancock – who specialises in energy, it seems. What does Ed Davey do, then? Hancock came to the attention of this blog yesterday when it was revealed that he had complained to the UK Statistics Authority about figures that Labour leader Ed Miliband didn’t use in a speech on jobs.

That can only bode ill for his plan to speed up the process of licensing companies to drill, so they can start within six months of making an application. He’ll cut corners and he’ll make even more bad decisions.

He’ll ruin our national parks. These are our designated areas of natural beauty, intended to be there for us to enjoy in perpetuity. Once the drills go in, there will be no way to restore them.

Fracking is an especially destructive form of oil and gas drilling that uses pressurised water to break up rock to get to oil supplies. Ground water can be contaminated by the gases and toxic chemicals used in the fracking process, and it is understood that waste from the fracking process is commonly mishandled.

Not only will our areas of outstanding natural beauty become ugly industrial pits but our health will be put at risk, while the big oil companies take the profits.

The Coalition is defending its decision by saying that people living in or around national parks will be protected by tougher rules for fracking. Hancock was interviewed about this on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last week, and it should be no surprise whatsoever that he made a complete twit of himself. He claimed that there was broad support for fracking (in the name of “better energy security”) so the presenter asked him to name a village in the UK that supported fracking. He could not; instead, he changed the subject.

At the same time, the Coalition has removed the ability for millions of homeowners to stop companies from drilling directly under their properties.

The Coalition is touting the potential temporary benefits of a new oil or gas discovery. But is the potential permanent loss of our natural beauty really worth it?

Of course not – and you can tell the government to remove national parks from the list of areas open to fracking operations, simply by signing this petition.

An outright ban would protect our national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in Britain.

Send your message to the government: The oil and gas companies can frack off and mess up their own backyard.

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Gove v Davey on climate change – who do we believe?

[Image: BBC.]

[Image: BBC.]

Just three days after Michael Gove reacted with “concern” over a report that climate change was being discussed in British schools, his coalition partner and Energy Secretary Ed Davey – speaking for the British government – has claimed the European Union must do more to limit the phenomenon.

One of them wants to deny that it exists; the other says it is all-too-real. They are both in the government.

What are we supposed to think?

Perhaps it might be excusable to think that these divisions are likely to happen in a government that is an uneasy alliance between two political organisations that have unique ideologies, but will that really wash?

The whole idea of the Coalition was that they would put their differences behind them and work together – and, let’s be honest, the alliance has never been as uneasy as some would want us to believe. This is why it has been so easy for this blog (and others) to re-name Nick Clegg’s party the Tory Democrats.

No, what we have here is a schizoid situation in which the government is making two different statements at once. Gove is saying climate change doesn’t exist and it is wrong to suggest that it does, while Davey is demanding that we team up with other countries to fight it.

Clearly, there has been a breakdown in communication somewhere.

The applicable word is: Omnishambles.

In such situations it would be normal to look to the leader for guidance… but he’s off on holiday, in a part of the globe that’s warm. Also, we now know he has all the leadership skills of a frightened sheep.

Never mind; for David Cameron, the clock is ticking. In a little over a year, he could be nothing more than a bad memory.

Let us hope that, by then, it won’t be too late for our environment.

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