Jo: A politics of hope and inclusion, firmly set on a better future

Jo made us all look up today.

Wearing a dress the colour of sunshine, she showed the country a brighter future away from the relentless grind of Brexit.

Certainly, she told Boris Johnson in no uncertain terms how damaging Brexit would be for the country and exactly why the Liberal Democrats would not be supporting his Queen’s Speech. But she went beyond that and painted a picture of much more pleasant future once Brexit has been stopped.

She drew a parallel every woman in politics, or, for that matter, who ever goes to meetings, will recognise:

She had some special words for EU nationals – after she had cited some examples of the stress people had to go through to get settled status.

You can read her whole speech over on the party website. This is my favourite part:

I’ve said this before in this House, and I’ll say it again. I relish the opportunity to take on the Prime Minister in a General Election.

And I cannot wait to take to the country the positive alternative vision that people deserve.

A vision for a country where if you work hard and play by the rules, you are rewarded with a decent home and enough to get by and live with dignity.

Where every child and young person is nurtured and supported to become whatever they want to be, no matter who their parents are, how much money they have, or the colour of their skin.

And where the most vulnerable among us can always get the help they need, with no judgement or sanction.

Mr Speaker, we know our country is better than what this Government wants it to be.

I know that we can be open, generous and collaborative. And I know our politics can be one of hope and inclusion, firmly set on the better future we want to create.

But all this Government wants to do is turn us into an insular, closed and selfish country. Trading in fear and division to get their way.

That’s what this Queen’s Speech is all about. And that’s why the Liberal Democrats will not be voting for it.

Jo has talked about a more loving country, of transforming our economy in favour of people and planet. That is so much more satisfying and inspiring to hear than the bullying and scapegoating you hear from the Prime Minister and the extreme right of his party and, to a certain extent, to the Leader of the Opposition and the extreme left of his.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Steve Comer 15th Oct '19 - 1:44pm

    Good to see the comments about EU Citizens in the UK, with real examples.
    But I was disappointed that there was no mention of the 2 million or so UK Citizens who have made other EU countries their home, and who could also face deportation in the event of a no deal Brexit.

  • Sue Sutherland 15th Oct '19 - 1:45pm

    Great to hear Jo emphasising our commitment to social justice as well as to Remain. Also interesting to see the written commentary to her speech translate Brexit to breaks it. Sums it all up really.

  • Jeanette Sunderland 16th Oct '19 - 12:40am

    How disappointing that you referred to the colour of Joe’s dress before you commented on what she said…. So disappointing.

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