Yes it’s cynical and no they won’t be in government to implement it, but LibDem manoeuvres expose failings of weak centrist positioning and shame attempts to rewrite history
Layla Moran and Ed Davey are contesting the vacant leadership of the Liberal Democrats – and both this morning supported higher taxes for the rich and a Universal Basic Income to support both the vulnerable and the economy:
The positioning is cynical, as nobody expects the LibDems ever to be in government to implement it. But this is territory the Labour Party should be occupying and winning the argument over – and to hear such clear language on jobs, tax, the economy and wealth redistribution from the party most known for dithering puts the current Labour hierarchy to shame.
Both Moran and Davey also admitted that they had lost out badly, including the seat of former leader Jo Swinson, because they pushed hard for a new referendum and a remain vote before last December’s general election. That was obvious to anyone long before the election, but the admission now is yet another thing that shames the current attempts of the Labour right to rewrite history and pretend their vocal calls for a new referendum weren’t the driver for Labour’s massive election losses in leave-voting former heartlands.
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