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A Lib-Lab pact is extremely unlikely as, philosophically, they no longer have much in common.

The Lib-Dems have been on a rightward track ever since the OrangeBook tendency emerged 15-20 years ago. Nowadays they are really a version of the Tory-left rather than the Labour right. A Labour right which has itelf been serially humilated in its attempts to unseat Corbyn.

Labour themselves have also moved away fromh thethe historic LibDems position, let alone where they are these days, and Jo Swinson, the new LDP leader, has made it clear that she will have no talks of pacts or agreements whilst Corbyn, or any likely repacement, are in charge.

Indeed, as Boris pushes the Tories increasingly into brexit party territory, it's likely that there will be a series of break points that will push those few sensible conservative MPs to consider jumping ship into an idealogically satisfactory berths in the LibDems. Rory Stewart, who ran a well regarded, if quickly ended, tilt at the Tory leadership himself seems to have gone off walking in the Lake District for consultation with his electorate and consideration of his options, which I think is code for thinking about jumping ship. His leaving would be a huge coup for the LibDems.

there is nothing for either party in a pact. The LibDems electoral pitch is to the sensible right, trade and manfacturing rather than finance. Labour are pushing hard for the precariat. They are on different planets and ther are few points of contact.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 05:27:59 PM EST
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