Tim Farron’s Corbyn Jibe

In response to the news that Emily Thornberry described the Lib Dems as “like the Taliban” over their new revoke Article 50 Brexit policy, the former Lib Dem leader responded:

“Come on Emily, if we really were like a Middle East terrorist group, don’t you think Jeremy would’ve invited us to a conference fringe meeting before now?”

Farron and Cable Blame Carmichael For Clusterf*ck

What is the point of the LibDems? Last night Vince Cable and Tim Farron missed the vote on the key Brexit amendment. Cable was at a “confidential meeting” elsewhere and Farron was giving a talk in Dorset about evangelism. If they’d bothered to turn up the government’s majority would have been just one. Vince is briefing out that his absence was “cleared by the party chief whip”, while Faz has told the Guardian “I was authorised to be absent”. Both rather cruelly dumping on Alistair Carmichael for the cock up rather than take responsibility for themselves. Carmichael says sorry:

“Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1. I was not expecting a close vote – up until 8pm Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the government- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close – it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote. I’m taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.”

Is there any party in Westminster that isn’t a total shambles?

Farron on “Colourful” Faiths With “Funky Garb”

Tim Farron, still the leader of the Liberal Democrats remember, has gone full Westboro Baptist Church and compared himself to a North Korean dissident, mocking other faiths with “funky garb” with “interesting buildings”. He’s basically saying he’s a modern day Jesus, the victim of religious persecution. Get out the tiny violin… 

“Christians do feel marginalised, and they are meant to… the Bible tells us regularly that our faith will go against the grain, that we’ll suffer for being a Christian. Being Christian is not meant to be easy.  The writer of Philippians says “it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him”.  

Now, being harangued by journalists or slagged off by political opponents for my faith, hardly compares with the struggles of being a Christian in North Korea, where you have a one in four chance of being imprisoned for your faith. But the point is that Christian faith will go against the grain, if you aren’t struggling at least a bit against the expectations and assumptions of the world- then well, you should be!…

My own experience during the election tells me that people don’t mind people of faith in politics – so long as their faith is only of the cultural variety. So, if you wear funky garb, have nice colourful festivals, have interesting buildings and ceremonies, then we are absolutely fine about your faith – in fact your religious culture makes us more diverse and allows me to define myself as very liberal and tolerant by demonstrating how cool I am with your religion. However the moment you show any signs of actually believing in this creed, of thinking that this stuff about Jesus might even be true or that this faith might in any way impact on your conscience or your life choices… well, we don’t like that one bit.”

Tim, you had to deal with a few questions about thinking gays are sinners, not Judas and Pontius Pilate. If your faith and politics are incompatible you are not a persecuted Christian. You are in the wrong party.

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Tim Farron is resigning as LibDem leader, “I have found myself torn, living as a faithful Christian and leading a political party in the current environment…” Seems a private commitment to Christian values is incompatible with modern liberal values. How intolerant.

Expect it to be Swinson versus Cable or Davey for next leader…

Farron Coup Underway

There have been murmurings of a leadership challenge against Tim Farron being mooted over the last few days. Now Brian Paddick has resigned citing concerns “about the leader’s views on various issues that were highlighted during GE17”. It ain’t his views on spaniels that’s the problem…

Jo Swinson, who won back East Dunbartonshire last week, is the name doing the rounds as a potential challenger. Will Farron survive the summer?

Farron Loses Top Spinner

Guido understands Tim Farron’s top spinner Paul Butters is leaving. This will be a major loss to the LibDem leader, Butters is a page lead wizard with a journalist’s mind who was single-handedly responsible for getting his boss’ name in the paper over the last couple of years. His instantly recognisable catchphrase “mate” will be missed by Lobby hacks struggling for stories in the Red Lion. This election really was the massacre of the contacts…

LibDem Phone Bank Based in Egypt

The LibDems are running a phone canvassing operation from Egypt. Phone bank calls received by London voters originate from a +20 number based in the North African country, more than 3,500 miles from Britain. Popular number tracing site Who-Called.co.uk lists dozens of complaints from voters who have also been contacted by the LibDem Egypt operation:

LibDems rang me on this number…from flipping Egypt!”

“Nine times in five days, haven’t answered any of them.”

“LibDems outsourcing canvassing abroad, jokers if they think I would ever vote for them.”

Remainer Ph-arron embracing global markets…

Farron Worst Performer of All Leaders

Tim Farron was by far the worst performer of all the leaders during the Andrew Neil interviews. He repeatedly tried to filibuster, talk over Brillo, heckle him and refuse to answer his questions. A quite bizarre performance… 

Faith, Farron and Foxes

Tim Farron has his beliefs and he seems willing to compromise them for political gain. Guido has mixed views about this, it seems regrettable that his faith-based views are deemed so politically unacceptable in “progressive” circles that he must deny or obfuscate them. Farron should come out of the closet and say what he really believes about homosexuality and abortion instead of cowering, afraid of losing votes. On the other hand they are a matter of faith and it is verging on religious persecution to shame him for holding faith-based minority views. Farron seems to change his position according to the latest polling…

Fox hunting is a minority pursuit and in progressive metropolitan circles support for it is a thought-crime, in fact they managed to actually criminalise it under Tony Blair. When the issue was more electorally balanced before the 2010 Lib-Con coalition, the LibDems’ Shadow DEFRA Secretary representing a rural constituency, said “I would vote to repeal the ban. It damages animal welfare and is impractical to enforce. My personal view is that it hasn’t worked and I would vote to repeal it and replace it with broader animal welfare and licensing safeguards.” So Tim Farron, do you still support the repeal of the ban on fox hunting?

UPDATE: Farron answers Guido’s question: “I am against what Theresa May is proposing, I am against the straight repeal of this legislation. Hunting divides rural communities and creates division”. Another u-turn on a “personal view”…

Farron: I’m a Fan of Caroline Lucas

Coalition of rubbish latest: Tim Farron explains how he’s pleased the LibDems are helping the Greens win Brighton because “I’m a fan of Caroline Lucas”. The LibDems are laughing at the Greens here. A LibDem candidate has stood aside in just one seat, that of Caroline Lucas, while in return the Greens are standing aside to help the LibDems in seats across the country. Pure naivety…

Voter Tells Farron Sturgeon Needs “Kick Up the Arse”

Farron not giving up on his policy of meeting the voters…

Fall of Farron

LBJ famously said “Gerald Ford can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.” Seems Tim Farron can only do half as much. Maybe he slipped on a fish finger?

Friday Caption Contest (LibDem Youth Wing Edition)

Entries in the comments…

David Ward Sacked Again

The ultimate ignominy for David “The Jews” Ward, who has been forced off a school governing body after parents complained about his conduct. Ward plays his tiny violin on Facebook:

“Tonight at the first meeting of a new Governing Board for a Secondary school that is in dire need of improvement I was sacked as a Governor because of “complaints from some parents”.

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Public Backs Farron’s Right to Say Gay Sex Is a Sin

Tim Farron will no doubt be hugely grateful to ComRes and the Christian Institute for this new poll of 1,001 Britons today:

If a politician believes that gay sex is a sin they should be free to express it: 64%

If a politician believes that gay sex is a sin they should not be free to express it: 32%

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Farron: “Smell My Spaniel”

The LibDem leader on the campaign trail today. Isn’t that a sin? 

SPANIEL SPIN: A terrier was apparently going mad at Farron, so he said to the owner “he can smell my spaniel maybe”. Faz owns a spaniel called Jasper…[…] Read the rest

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Farron : “Labour Worst Opposition in Human History”

The “worst opposition in human history”? What worse than the Nazis in the late twenties?

Tim’s hyperbole is positively Trumpian…[…] Read the rest

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David Ward Blames West For PC Keith Palmer’s Murder

In the aftermath of the Westminster terror attack, David Ward, the LibDem candidate in Bradford East, blamed the West for PC Keith Palmer’s murder:

Ward has been on LBC this morning to explain his comments and doubled down – agreeing with Stop the War that Britain has “reaped a whirlwind for Iraq and Afghanistan”:

Becoming a problem for Farron…

UPDATE: LibDem spokesman condemns Ward:

“David Ward’s comments are an affront to the victims of the Westminster attack.

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Corbynista Unfurls “Farron Hates Gays” Placard

Awkward moment at Tim Farron’s event in Vauxhall, which the LibDems are trying to take from Labour Brexiter Kate Hoey. As Tim took to the stage a placard emblazoned with the words “Tim Farron hates Gays” was unfurled, before the man carrying it was bundled away by a wily press officer.[…] Read the rest

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LibDems on the March

Though these are only local council by-elections it is worth looking at how the LibDems have surged over the last few weeks. Their unashamed opposition to Brexit is gaining massive swings from blue to yellow in Remain-voting Tory areas, while Labour’s capitulation is even seeing them pick up seats in the North. […] Read the rest

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