The shameless Lib Dem Press Office Easter Egg grab

As Theresa May went all Donald Trump on us by playing up to traditional Tory supporters  and focusing on an irrelevant and inaccurate news report about Easter eggs to distract us from the general chaos of her Government, The Liberal Democrat Press Office quietly went about providing commentary on the actual big issues of the day.

Our press team highlighted contradictory remarks by Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson. Boris was doing his best “It’ll be fine if we don’t get a brexit deal” in Germany, while Hammond said that we needed one to protect our economy in India. Tim Farron commented:

This Government is in utter chaos over Brexit. Philip Hammond says one thing in India, then is immediately contradicted by Boris Johnson in Germany.

It seems it’s not just some in the Chancellor’s own party who don’t want a deal on Brexit – it’s some in his own cabinet.

Theresa May should clarify whether she still believes that no deal is better than a bad deal, and if she agrees with her Chancellor of her Foreign Secretary.

The Brexiteers need to drop the bluster and bravado and admit that crashing out of the EU without a deal would be a disaster for our economy.

Tom Brake reminded us of the failings of the Philippines leader as Liam Fox was about to pay a visit:

Duterte is one of the 21st century’s most sinister leaders and Liam Fox has flown halfway around the world to grovel to him.  The fact that the first visit made by Fox since triggering Article 50 is to the Philippines shows just how low this government is willing to stoop in order to secure even a minimal trade deal in the future.

According to UK trade statistics, the value of our exports to the Philippines are just £500 million a year- to put this into context our total international trade is currently over £28 billion a month.

So not only is Fox blind to the horrific human rights abuses and endemic corruption in the Philippines, he’s also clearly oblivious to the actual realities of doing trade with them.

No amount of pandering to corrupt regimes can replace our membership of the Single Market, which is why the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight against the hard, divisive Brexit this government is pursuing.

If, like me, you’ve noticed that things seem to cost more when you do your food shopping, you’d be right. Prices in supermarkets have gone up by 2.3% in the last three months according to research. Susan Kramer said:

Shoppers are feeling the Brexit squeeze, with prices rising while real wages continue to fall.

This is only set to get worse as the Government continues with its reckless plans to damage our economy by pulling Britain out of the Single Market.

It’s not too late to stop a hard Brexit and prevent a long-term squeeze to people’s living standards.

The British people must be given the final say over what comes next. They can choose to keep Britain in the Single Market, and if they want, to remain in the European Union.

This was just a fraction of their output on the serious stuff yesterday.

However, they couldn’t resist a wee foray into Egg-gate. They are human, after all. How many egg analogies can you get into one press release? I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t get hard-boiled in there, given that that’s what we traditionally do with them at Easter, but I did smile.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have got egg on their faces today. They both scrambled out eggs-traordinary statements criticising Cadbury’s and the National Trust for something they haven’t actually done.

This is a eggs-tremely big distraction. I think we all feel poached by this whole sorry saga, but none of us more so than Cadbury’s and the National Trust, who have done nothing wrong and are right to feel egg-rieved by the criticism they have received.

Happy Easter, everyone.

But the funniest part was the “Notes to eggs” at the end:

Notes to Eggs – FAO Cadbury’s Press Office – please send free samples to 8-10 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE.

The press team has got itself a good reputation for rapid response to stores. Remember last week, proper journalists were talking on Twitter about how good they are so they definitely deserve to be rewarded with chocolate.

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

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  • Richard Underhill 5th Apr '17 - 9:54am

    Gourmets with high disposable incomes should see page one of Waitrose’s newspaper, free to customers, ideas by Heston Blumenthal, available at Canary Wharf.

  • nigel hunter 5th Apr '17 - 10:29am

    Hammond goes to India for a deal. I understand that India will want its people to be able to come and go as they please between countries. Is this why I here less about cutting immigration for without free movement a deal will not happen. I also understand that the EU have been trying for a deal for a number of years. Is Hammond hoping to get lucky? All the good negotiation cards are in other countries hands. It is egg-straordinary the mess Brexit is becoming!

  • Bill le Breton 5th Apr '17 - 11:27am

    May I suggest that if you really want to know where we are headed listen to Hammond and Davies.

    OK, for political fun, you can have a bit of knock-about like this, but isn’t it equally as important to try to understand the likely ‘destination’ rather than the straw man?

    For instance, ever since May’s January speech we have known that her objective (see para 12 in her speech) was a ‘smooth orderly Brexit’. There will be a transitional arrangement. It will be EEA. It will be the single market.

    I suggest that she will then set a time limit for that ‘arrangement’ and fight the election on that platform a year later when the world has not come to an end.

    If that turns out to be the case, what will our platform be?

    As I have said before, Andrew Duff is doing sterling work bringing ‘both’ EU and UK positions together and producing a ‘soft’ Brexit.

    Not seen any sign of it? Don’t know who Andrew Duff is?

    That is because all the attention is given to those who want to insist that the only true fight is the fight against a Hard Brexit. Duff writes key paper – silence here. Clegg does a rant – yards of coverage.

    And Verhofstadt today, “Perhaps it was always impossible to unite GB with the continent. Naive to reconcile the legal system of Napoleon with the Common Law of the British Empire.”

  • Bill le Breton 5th Apr '17 - 11:35am

    Full speech here:

    Andrew and Guy could fix this.

  • @ Bill le Breton, And Verhofstadt today, “Perhaps it was always impossible to unite GB with the continent. Naive to reconcile the legal system of Napoleon with the Common Law of the British Empire.”

    Bill, (and Verhofstadt) you may or may not recall that Scotland has a very different legal system to England. Unlike England, in many respects it is based on the Roman system going way back to earlier times than the British Empire. .

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