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Lib Dems scotch idea of Corbyn-led caretaker government | Financial Times
Liberal Democrats have scotched the idea of installing Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street to avoid a no-deal Brexit, thereby thwarting the Labour party leadership's hopes of forming a caretaker government this autumn.

Boris Johnson is expected to face a no-confidence vote in his government soon after the UK parliament returns from its summer recess early in September. If the Conservatives fail to maintain the confidence of MPs, Labour has said it will attempt to form an alternative government. But without support from the 13 Lib Dem MPs, it will be unable to form a majority.

"I can't conceive of any circumstances under which we would put Jeremy Corbyn into No. 10," said one senior Lib Dem MP. "He's not only dangerous for our national security but for our economic security too."

So the only popular policy the LibDems have is opposing Brexit, and they are much too craven to just propose revoke, but they prefer no-deal to having Corbyn as PM?

by generic on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 01:47:37 PM EST
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In short:
by generic on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 02:49:03 PM EST
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so true. Never trust the libDems, they will always let you down.

They're perfectly fine with a rapacious capitalism that creates poverty, illness and homelessness, but they just want to put a plaster on the worst of the sores to assuage their guilt. Gutless wankers

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 06:12:09 PM EST
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Like all centrists, they rely on someone else to do the heavy lifting of moving the Overton window, and then they adjust accordingly...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 09:16:34 PM EST
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As I think I've said before (approximately, and about Macron), all you have to do to call yourself "centrist" is find someone to the right of you.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 05:44:57 AM EST
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Apparently the LibDems are even more craven than the Tory party members (no mean feat): according to this poll last June, they were willing to push Brexit at any cost, even if it breaks the UK, but they did stop at the perspective of Prime Minister Corbyn.
by Bernard on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 06:07:49 PM EST
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That poll was of Conservative party members?!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 09:14:21 PM EST
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Yup, that's what YouGov says. You even commented about it
by Bernard on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 06:58:04 AM EST
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by generic on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 12:28:37 PM EST
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Caroline Lucas calls for emergency female cabinet to block no-deal Brexit | Politics | The Guardian
The Green MP, Caroline Lucas, has thrown down the gauntlet to 10 high-profile female politicians over blocking a no-deal Brexit, proposing a cabinet of national unity including Labour's Emily Thornberry, the Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, and the former Conservative cabinet minister Justine Greening to seek legislation for a fresh referendum.

The final MP who has been approached is Yvette Cooper, one of the leading Labour figures coordinating efforts to stop no deal, but the only one of the addressees who has not explicitly endorsed a second referendum herself.

"Why women? Because I believe women have shown they can bring a different perspective to crises, are able to reach out to those they disagree with and cooperate to find solutions," she wrote.

I hear Theresa May has a lot of free time now.
by generic on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 at 06:38:58 AM EST
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How can it be national unity without Ann Widdecombe?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 at 06:57:20 AM EST
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Ann would first have to unify her mouth with a functioning brain...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 at 09:37:39 AM EST
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At some point you have to make allowances, otherwise they would have to invite Dick Braine too.
by generic on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 at 12:29:29 PM EST
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mainly macro: The Remainers urging people to vote for a No Deal Brexit

The key point is that the Tories will vote against any kind of soft Brexit. The only MPs who might vote for a soft Brexit are the minority of Labour MPs that want it and maybe a few Tory MPs that don't want No Deal and are prepared to defy their leader. Even if it went to a referendum, the combination of No Deal Brexiters and Remainers will easily triumph over a soft Brexit. Under a Labour government Brexit is dead, whatever Labour's leader might think.

by generic on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 11:05:35 PM EST
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