LibDem leader’s desperation to block Corbyn appears so great she didn’t vet preferred alternatives
Hapless LibDem leader Jo Swinson has suffered yet another ‘open mouth insert foot’ moment, hot on the heels of her dire speech this week in which she said she’d do ‘whatever it takes’ to prevent a no-deal Brexit – in the same speech as she said she wouldn’t work with Jeremy Corbyn.
Swinson said she would want to work with a senior so-called centrist MP such as Labour’s Harriet Harman or Tory ‘father of the House’ Ken Clarke to stop a no-deal Brexit and call another Brexit referendum.
However, it seems she didn’t do her homework – because the pro-EU Ken Clarke wants to ‘do Brexit’, albeit a better version that the disastrous, cliff-edge ‘Boris Brexit’.
Asked whether he would be prepared to take on the position of interim PM, Clarke responded that he would – but that he did not see the role as doing anything to prevent Brexit, but rather to gain an extension from the EU to agree a better Brexit involving a customs union, regulatory alignment and protecting jobs.
In other words, exactly the type of Brexit Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would negotiate:
Swinson has managed to destroy her credibility in a single week with her contradictory and plainly self-interested comments.
Allowing her desperation to ‘stop Corbyn’ to fool her into naming ‘soft Brexiter’ Ken Clarke as her preferred option – who wants to do exactly what Corbyn has said he’ll do, but without a second referendum option – is the icing on the towering cake of her multi-tiered cake of incompetence and blundering.
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