Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Why would the Lib Dems fear an election? They can hope to slice chunks off Labour thanks to Remainer votes.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 11:19:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What the LibDems need to fear is a Brexit solution. They are a single issue anti-Brexit party. If the UK crashes out they can turn into the rejoin the EU party. Otherwise they'll collapse back to their base of people who are equally commited to having poor people die on the streets and feeling good about themselves.
by generic on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 01:20:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The LibDems would certainly like the electorate to believe that rationale, but the truth is that the LibDems are most likely to make gains from the Tories, whilst a lot of their MPs are actually under threat from demographic changes, especially the new defectors, even if they change seats to better prospects.

Swinson herself is almost certain to lose her seat in Parliament as the SNP are galloping ahead in her constituency as people tire of her anti-Labour games.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 10:49:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Lib Dems might, but Jo Swinson is also likely to lose her seat to the SNP, and the leadership with it. So she has a personal interest in seeing Brexit resolved before an election - and to be seen as pivotal in resolving it...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 09:20:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series