Despite vowing that David “The Jews” Ward would not automatically be let back into the party, it seems the LibDems, true to form, are quietly hoping a problem will go away if they ignore it enough. It didn’t work with Cyril Smith, Charles Kennedy or Lord Rennard, so why would it this time?
You would never have known Ward had done anything wrong from the way he has been swanning around conference, attending fringe events with Vince Cable. Guido is waiting for LibDem press office to get back to him on whether they have reinstated the whip automatically, or, as they claimed over the summer, Ward would face further scrutiny before being welcomed back into the fold. In the meantime tonight he is off to the event hosted by the, presumably niche group, LibDem Friends of Israel. Perhaps someone might like to ask Ward if he stands by his comments that the future of Israel is not guaranteed:
What could go wrong?
UPDATE: It seems Ward had second thoughts about his incendiary language this morning: