THE easily forgotten third party, the LibDems, (nicknamed the FibDems) have had no leader since December 2019 when Jo Swinson’s pipe dream of government went up in smoke. She lost her seat and disappeared off the scene.
To no one’s interest, what remained of the old Tory/LibDem coalition dupes unremarkably tottered on ignored and shunned by all except for the odd charity spot on the BBC’s shunned Question Time and tired old Have I Got News For You comedy show.
The party’s most photogenic member, Layla Moran, 38, (she looks a bit like comic actress Geena Davis) is taking on former Tory collaborator and acting leader Sir Ed Davey, 55, for the prestigious poisoned chalice.
To suggest clear yellow ooze between them Moran has called for “a clean break” from two-faced Nick Clegg and Blairite nutter Jo Swinson’s disastrous past and an end to what she calls “ten years of decline”.
In an interview with PoliticsHome, Moran admitted that: “By voting for things like the bedroom tax, by voting for tuition fees, there is a perception among the electorate that we lost our principles.”
Why this is a “perception” and not solid proof of the LibDem’s right-wing drift under Clegg and sharp right under Swinson she does not explain, nor does she say that any of these policies were wrong, simply that they damaged the party, particularly with the young, her target audience.
Despite her protestations about loss of principles (if you do not like these we have more) Layla offers none, nor any policies. Her selliing point is that uninspiring Sir Ed was in the coalition government and she was not!
Layla sounds like she has the makings of a perfect FibDem leader.
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