In the Times yesterday:
Alex Cole-Hamilton, the next leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has distanced his party from any future deal with Labour, but has said he is prepared to work with the Scottish Conservatives to safeguard the Union.
“I’m not interested in coalitions or pacts with the Conservative party, but I will work with them in articulating a positive case for our continued membership of the UK,” he told The Times.
His view is in contrast to that of his predecessor, Willie Rennie, who argued for a close working relationship with Labour to win back the centre ground of Scottish politics.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-can-work-with-tories-to-save-the-union-says-lib-dems-next-leader-alex-cole-hamilton-hqpd0ms5p
Wait, just two weeks ago:
A CANDIDATE to be the next leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has opened the door to a coalition with Labour in Holyrood.
Alex Cole-Hamilton suggested the two parties could form a “progressive alternative” to the SNP in the Scottish Parliament.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19473967.scottish-libdem-leadership-candidate-alex-cole-hamilton-opens-door-labour-coalition/
Not for the first time in the last century, we’re left to wonder, who the Lib Dems are and what the Lib Dems are for?
I’m reminded of this little gem told by Campbell Gunn:
One of the most popular politics trivia questions is to name a politician who sat in the same seat for four different parties. The answer, as most of my former lobby colleagues will know, is Bob Maclennan, who was MP for Caithness and Sutherland for Labour, the SDP, the Alliance, and finally the Liberal Democrats.https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/opinion/columnists/campbell-gunn/3357322/scottish-liberal-democrats-forget-coalitions-campbell-gunn-opinion/
I am, of course, too polite to repeat ACH’s own words when he told a Scottish Government minister ‘f*** you!’https://www.thenational.scot/news/19088728.holyrood-libdem-msp-alex-cole-hamilton-appears-swear-committee-meeting/
Me too polite? Aye, f………………………..
And then there’s this, from Ross Greer: