LDV’s top 12 posts of 2017 – Number 8

Number 8 in our countdown is unique because it contains the words “utter bollocks” used by a senior Lib Dem MP. We do wish Alistair wouldn’t hold back and would just say what he means.

#8: Alistair Carmichael writes…The truth about those “secret Tory talks”

In early July, Twitter erupted in a firestorm of fury when it was reported that Lib Dems were in secret talks to prop up the Tories in Parliament. If people had stopped to think for a wee second, they might have quickly realised that a pro EU party was never going to form any sort of alliance with a Conservative party careering towards a hard Brexit cliff-edge.

Alistair gave us the inside track:

So when I read in the Times yesterday that Tim Farron’s chief of staff Ben Williams had met with his No 10 counterpart Gavin Barwell last Thursday I took it with a pinch of salt. Not least because I knew that Ben was in Leeds on Thursday.

What actually happened was that on Tuesday in Portcullis House, the large shopping centre-style atrium on the parliamentary estate where MPs, staff, journalists and visitors mingle, get coffee, have informal meetings and things like that, Ben bumped into Mr Barwell, with whom he was previously acquainted. The conversation was polite, friendly even. They made small talk. They went their separate ways.

Reports of that meeting then somehow again found their way to the press – via Number 10 we believe – by which time the casual encounter was transformed into some kind of secretive quasi-negotiation about helping Theresa May’s struggling minority government to pass legislation.

It was utter bollocks.  Pointless, distracting and annoying bollocks.  Are you getting the idea here?

Maybe it is just the heat of the Westminster summer or maybe it is the general uselessness of this minority Conservative Government and the people around it or maybe it is a combination of the two.  Frankly I don’t really care because it is still bollocks.

There was one slightly sinister element to the article which was unremarked upon by commenters at the time. Alistair was joking, of course. Probably.

Can we stop stories like this from appearing in the papers?  Short of keeping all our MPs and their staff under twenty-four hour surveillance (something for which I am prepared to consider any properly made case), probably not.

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One Comment

  • Reginald Langman 30th Dec '17 - 4:41pm

    I believe you are not getting your arguments over.
    With a Government clearly in a mess with Brexit and an unclearLabour Party surely you have a heaven sent opportunity to go for Government at the next election.
    Your Leader seems not to be seen publicly and your entries in Facebook for example are difficult to follow.
    The country is ready for a positive leadership role and the two main parties are slipping . People like me are worried by possibly the worst Government and Opposition since WW2.

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