Guido does not pretend to understand the LibDems or their factions and ways. But it seems that the relatively right-wing Orange-booker Mark Oaten spammed all and sundry yesterday in an incongruous email that emphasised his liberal left-wing credentials to activists. Old Menzies Campbell is putting himself about as well. Mutterings abound that Cameron’s Conservatives are going to sweep up middle-class centrist voters who have never really felt comfortable with the leftie beardie wing of the LibDems. Looks like we have the prospect of another dead Kennedy.
Guido asked this before about Malcolm Rifkind: What is the question that the LibDems could ask to which the answer is Menzies Campbell?
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”