LISTEN: Tim Farron on Any Questions

Not only did we have Sal Brinton on Question Time this week, but Tim Farron took part in last night’s Any Questions.

You can listen to the whole thing here.

Key points included Tim talking about Chilcot. He said that the conclusions were “massively grave” and there was a juxtaposition between Blair’s absolute determination to go to war and the complete and total absence of any planning after the conflict. All of us, he said, were less safe because of that decision. Charles Kennedy stands vindicated by Chilcot.

He said that he found it objectionable that in two hours of defensiveness we only got 15 seconds of qualified regret from Tony Blair. The least the families of those who lost their lives deserved, he said, was an apology and they didn’t get it.

He also made a very salient contribution on a question on Andrea Leadson’s CV. Whatever may or may not have happened, he said, it’s insignificant compared to the fact that she fronted a campaign which said the NHS would get £350 million a week if we left the EU.

On Brexit, he said that the British people needed another chance to vote on whether to endorse whatever emerges as our new relationship with the EU or keep the existing one.

One of the most distasteful elements of the programme came when Vote Leave chair Gisela Stuart talked about the rise in hate crime and of the need to tackle those who stoked racism. That was unbelievable brass neck when it’s barely a fortnight since she was at the helm of a campaign which stoked the vilest prejudices.

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