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No one else has a realistic hope of getting more of a majority.

Certainly not Clarke, whom the LibDems ("The Remain Party') now appear to be touting as a more realistic choice, even though he's a soft Brexiter who is dead set against a PV and won't have majority support on either the Tory or the Labour side.

The reality is that whatever the LibDem faithful think, with various degrees of self-awareness, the role of the the party and its precursors for the last 15-20 years has always been to make sure that European-style social democratic policies are kept well away from Westminster, while US-style social darwinism is rebranded as fiscal responsibility.

This extends to a rather robotic and mechanical aversion to allowing competent centre-left politicians anywhere near power. We saw it in the EU elections, where LibDem interference allowed the Brexit Party to topple a number of pro-European Labour MEPs who had been doing a good job for their constituents.

We're seeing it again now.

Swinson could easily say "OK, on condition that..." and set some limits. Then she could help bring some of the moderate Tory rebels on board. This would take No Deal off the table, set some precedents, and generally make everyone breathe a sigh of relief.

The fact that she'd rather make an outrageous and unrealistic demand - and parachute in a Tory Brexiter - than support Corbyn in ending No Deal makes it absolutely clear what's really happening here.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 21st, 2019 at 11:49:51 AM EST
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