Jo Swinson sat at the top table of the coalition government and voted for vicious attacks on the most vulnerable and tax cuts for the super-rich and big businesses. Austerity couldn’t have happened without Liberal Democrats.
Ian Lavery, Labour, July 2019
I know, you don’t know who Christine Jardine is. She’s the MP for Edinburgh West and Lib Dem spokesperson for the treasury, Brexit and International Trade, former BBC reporter and UWS lecturer (never heard of there). They only have a handful of MPs to cover all the bases.
Her Scotsman piece is on that old Willie Rennie chestnut:
‘Sturgeon (sic) is good at PR keeps going on about independence.‘
It’s astonishing. They, the three opposition parties, have little to say other than ‘No to Indyref2‘ and the First Minister has little to say other than to daily brief us on the pandemic, yet still they repeat this.
Readers will know that the First Minister is regularly accused of not getting on with constitutional matters by members of her own party.
They can’t all be right.
Here’s what I think. The FM is good at PR. She hardly ever mentions independence and even then, it’s usually after persistent efforts by journalists quoting massive misrepresentations of what she has said, to provoke her.
As for that daftest of daft headlines, I couldn’t help but then think of how the Lib Dems have, over decades, presented themselves as a moderating influence on the Tories’ nastier policies.
While Jardine tends to vote for equal gay rights and allowing same sex marriage, unlike the Tories she has generally voted against measures to reduce tax avoidance and seems not to have bothered to vote against Tory policies to reduce housing benefit, spending onhigh speed rail and increases in tuition fees
More dramatic and more relevant is the voting record of Jardine’s leader until recently, Jo Swinson, who made little effort to be better in any way than Theresa May.