If you track this blog’s posts back a ways you’ll see me being really annoyed at the idea of making Vince Cable the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Around that same time I was on here defending Tim Farron during the election and his ‘gay sex’ debacle.
I regret that deeply.
Because it seems nowadays every time Tim Farron opens his mouth he comes out with something that just makes me dislike him as a person more and more.
Vince Cable might be a coalition-laden old fudder who isn’t exactly what one would call an inspiring presence, but at least he’s not a homophobic Bible-thumper who spends seemingly most of his time trying to justify his homophobic ideals and play the victim because he got called out on them.
The ‘Tories think about offering Nando’s discount card to young people to join their party’ thing was good for a laugh, but it underlies a fucked up message that the Tories apparently think so little of the young that they believe they can almost irreparably fuck over an entire generation with their policies but that a promise of cheaper chicken would be enough for that generation to forgive them and pay to throw their lot in with the hideous bastards.
if you’re wondering how leftist leaders like jeremy corbyn are treated in the mass media just remember that at a time when the conservatives are responsible for the racist treatment of windrush citizens, the tories have voted down leveson 2 from going ahead, and the uk just abstained from the un vote to have an independent inquiry into israel’s killing of unarmed palestinian protestors… this made the news:
Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane
Abbott has accused the government of failing the families after Grenfell relatives have been blocked from attending the public enquiry.
“It is simply not right that bereaved relatives who
are core participants have not been granted visas for the inquiry. It
would be easy for the Home Secretary to grant visas to a handful of
“The Grenfell families had to lobby hard even to get a partial panel,
although Theresa May said she would leave no stone unturned in this
inquiry. She also promised victims would not suffer, irrespective of
their immigration status, but is now failing the families once more.”
How the Liberal Democrats could have better handled themselves post-2015:
Keep Nick Clegg as leader – I’m not even kidding. As much as people may laugh at the guy’s misfortune he was their leader for a reason and was the best among them at least at being the prominent politician type. He was affable, charming, charismatic, personable, and looked every bit the part. I mean come on, could anyone, even true party die-hard loyalists, really picture Tim Farron as Prime Minister?
If unable to keep Clegg, pick Norman Lamb – I wasn’t exactly inspired by Norman Lamb in the leadership contest between him and Farron. But the Liberal Democrats were always going to have to deal with coalition baggage regardless. With Lamb they’d have had that, sure, but at least they would only have that. Rather than juggling both that and Tim Farron’s idiotic ‘gay sex’ nonsense that killed the party’s chances in 2017 before the starting pistol even fired on their campaign.
Immediately own up to the mistake of coalition – I’m more forgiving than most when it comes to the Liberal Democrats and their actions in coalition with the Tories, but this should have been a no-brainer. I get they wanted to frame their work as a positive and that argument could have worked logically, but logic and politics don’t mix too well sometimes. They should have come out immediately with a hard line under coalition, admitted they fucked up royal by agreeing to it, and went from that as their baseline when mentioning it. It just plays better in terms of political optics, which is what the party needs.
Go hard in on the Tories on everything – I remember reading their 2017 manifesto and in the introduction they basically pitch their whole campaign as “elect us as the Opposition” which is bonkers. They spent more time going after Labour than anyone else it feels like. Rule 1 of politics should be if you aren’t the Tories, spend every waking moment raking those born-to-rule pony-fuckers over every set of hot coals you can find. Don’t go after the fucking Opposition, especially not after you just got out of coalition with the Tories and want to be taken seriously again and not just labelled as Tory-enablers.
Chill it on the Brexit thing – This is the most controversial among Lib Dems, probably. Look, I voted Remain and still believe Brexit is a fucking car crash unfolding at Inception-level slow motion. But hitching your entire political identity to “we don’t like Brexit” is… well yeah it makes you stand out a bit but it limits you so much. I didn’t know anyone, even among my political active circle of friends, who knew what the fuck the Liberal Democrats either stood for or wanted to do outside of just “another referendum” during the 2017 general election.
… I don’t know what this post is or why I decided it needed to exist, I just had this on my mind today and wanted to ramble my half-baked ideas off somewhere.
if you look at the twitter profiles of people who tweet stuff about “taking back the labour party” from jeremy corbyn they usually also retweet conservative mps, use right-wing fearmongering about the labour left, never mention the devastation that the tories are causing, never focus on how to stop the tories, think that having a people-led movement to get the tories out is fascism, and frequently misrepresent what labour’s current policy regarding brexit is in order to sway voters away from labour. they’re not interested in actually stopping brexit or the tories, their aim is to get rid of corbyn and any leftist leaders.
there should indeed be healthy debate about ways to tackle brexit, but it’s become clear that these people are now using much of their arguments about brexit as just a cover to attack the labour left. aside from brexit, centrist/right-wingers are actually okay with 99% of what the tories have done to decimate the country that’s caused so much suffering. their actual issue has always been the leftist policies that a jeremy corbyn led labour party would enact. for them the left is a greater threat to their power than the conservatives.
that’s why the same people who say they can’t support labour because of brexit will still support blairite labour mps who abstained from voting against the conservatives’ welfare bill, or will vote for the libdems who formed a coalition with the conservatives and helped push through austerity. the same conservative party who called for the referendum in the first place.
these people don’t want to dismantle an unjust system, they just want to be in charge of it.