Jo’s best bits from the BBC Debate

Seven leading figures from the various parties competing in the election took part in a televised debate from the National Assembly of Wales.

We are a site made up of Lib Dem supporters. Of course we are going to back our leader. But she surpassed even our expectations.

Her opening statement offered hope, and a country where everyone is valued regardless of religion, who they love or the colour of their skin, working with our closest friends to save the planet, nurturing the bonds in our family of nations, protecting the vulnerable.  A proper liberal vision.

She had the line of the debate.

She didn’t mention that it was a horror show, though…

And here’s her closing statement:

She highlighted why Lib Dem spending plans were not only effective, but added up.

For me, it was hearing her celebrating immigration that made me happiest. “Immigration is a good thing,” she said, “in fact, immigration is a brilliant thing.”

She highlighted the ridiculous situation where, having lost 5000 nurses who are EU nationals, the Conservatives now plan to discourage any more from coming over by charging them a small fortune to use the NHS they will be working for:

All in all, a very good job by our leader.

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

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  • Richard Underhill 30th Nov '19 - 9:31am

    and Adam Price spoke well for Plaid Cymru and Caroline Lucas for the Greens. The Tory was repetitive, the Faragist kept saying that he is/was a businessman and tried to defend the possibility of NO DEAL as a negotiating tactic, which is illogical in this context. In business no deal often happens, but it should not become a habit. Even Boris says that he wants a deal but the disagreement was about how long it will take. Boris was not present in person, but his current deal involved a major concession on Northern Ireland which was disliked by the DUP (Leavers) and also by the UUP who are contesting North Down (BBC Radio 4 World at One 29/11/2019) from which Lady Sylvia Hermon (I am NOT a Conservative!) retired. Alliance are contesting this seat, vigorously. Good luck.

  • nigel hunter 30th Nov '19 - 11:08am

    Why did it have ‘ 2nd fiddle ‘Labour Tories on the debate? Are they both conspiring together to get their Brexit thru?
    Both leaders want their own ideal Brexit. Corbyn’s ‘revolution’.’Singapore on Thames’ for Johnson .Johnson also seems to want a deal with the USA desperately AND secretly. Was Mogg correct when he said we would be a vassal state but not of the EU but of USA. Is that what Johnson wants..We do not know . Why is the party not asking about his plans for after the election?

  • I don’t know what the viewing figures were, but I suspect they are very low. I wonder if all these debates make the slightest difference? The media coverage of last nights event is almost nil, the same as C4’s climate debate. Perhaps we just have to many of them.

  • Jo came across much better here but please admit Revoke, even if the Lib Dems win over 326 seats, was not the right policy and instead will be replaced by putting the issue to a Citizens’ Assembly to decide how Brexit is to be resolved. And if that is a Peoples’ vote, then they will also decide what the questions will be and the pros and cons prospectus behind those questions. It won’t be an exercise in partial direct democracy like 2016 of forcing people to jump this way or that way on the biggest fear, it will be an exercise in how to do direct democracy and if there is ever another Scottish independence vote then this is the format that will be used.

    If there are more than two questions, they may decide to use ‘sensitive democracy’ (preference voting).

    I think this turns your campaign around!

  • Thanks for posting these speeches. Jo comes across well, it is great to see her in action. The others including Caroline Lucas also very articulate except possibly labour which was a bit lacklustre. Amazing how the Tories and Brexit Party can fake an impression of truthfulness even when they are talking nonsense.

  • She was excellent on Tonight on ITV (well worth a watch! It’s on the ITV Hub.

    This debate had too many on it. Labour and Tory were non entities. All the smaller parties bar Brexit did well. Plaid’s Adam Price impressed me. Jo said some good stuff but could do with just being on with Boris and corbyn (Sky debate hopefully?). I do wish she’d remembered to remind people the IFS had said we had the best financial plans. Missed opportunity there. Hopefully she will remember on Sunday night on itv.

  • David Garlick 2nd Dec '19 - 10:02pm

    Please, Please ask the speech writers to listen up.
    Instead of ‘You sold off the Green Bank’, the line is ‘WE will renationalise the green Bank to promote the green Agenda, support green businesses and green jobs’.
    Instead of ‘You did away with the Dept for Climate Change’ the line is ‘WE will reinstate the department for Climate Change to lead the Governments Drive to reach our targets for reducing Carbon Emissions as fast as we can. Even faster than our published targets if it is humanely possible.’
    Get the POSITIVE Change!!! That is what we need and in very statement we make on every topic we have a view on. The public are crying out for hope and inspiration so lets give them that. Please do it with a confident smile, a measured delivery and a joke if you can find one…

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