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Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister will be voting Lib Dem for first time ever

Another despatch from the frontline of the Conservative Party collapse:

Michael Heseltine writes in the Sunday Times that it’s all about Brexit:

The reason for my experiment with the Lib Dems is, of course, the government’s position on Brexit. I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for my party when it is myopically focused on forcing through the biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic government.

Meanwhile, the latest Euro polling shows the Liberal Democrats on top in London;

UPDATE: Two other former MPs, one Labour and one Conservative, are backing the Liberal Democrats.

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2 responses to “Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister will be voting Lib Dem for first time ever”

  1. TO BREXIT OR NOT TO BREXIT
    That is the question!
    An Analysis by Dr Roger Adams

    With the European elections just around the corner, we now have to decide for whom to vote. Undoubtedly, this will boil down to a choice between parties that favour Brexit and those that favour remain, essentially a fight between Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and the Liberal Democrats.

    So, which way to vote? There are many things wrong with the European Union, all having been more than amply highlighted by a number of national newspapers and which I will not repeat here. However it is useful to consider some of the facts, devoid of all emotion and bias.

    1. The Irish Border. Much of my career has been devoted to supplying hi-tech solutions to industry and transport and I can state quite categorically that there is no technical solution to the problem of the Irish border, not now and not even on the horizon. Those politicians and commentators who say otherwise do not understand technology and cannot substantiate their claims. If we proceed with a Brexit that does not include a customs union and some form of a market agreement, we have to tear up the internationally agreed Good Friday agreement. The result will be that any future international agreement to which we are signatories will be considered virtually worthless by others.
    2. A vassal state. Since Roman times our history has been entwined with that of our continental neighbours. Due to the proximity of Europe, our future will be no different. Better to be at the negotiating table fighting our corner rather than standing outside the door with a big megaphone whilst others decide our fate for us? As Boris Johnson says, we will be a vassal state with little control over our destiny.
    3. Immigration. The number of immigrants has remained roughly stable, the only difference being that the number of Europeans has decreased and that of those outside Europe increased. Clearly, Brexit is not the solution to reducing immigration.
    4. Trade. Outside of the EU we will be able to negotiate our own trade agreements. But with whom? The world’s largest trading blocks are the EU, China and Japan, both of which have agreements with the EU, and America. Furthermore, many smaller nations have agreements with the EU. Due to our small market size compared to that of the EU, any trade agreement we strike will be less favourable than those we currently enjoy. And don’t be fooled into thinking Trump will do us any favours; his motto has always been “America First”
    5. Food security. The issue of Brexit fades into insignificance when compared to the potential threats due to climate change and pollution. Desertification and inundation due to global warming will reduce the amount of land available to produce food and pollution will reduce the world’s edible fish stocks. In the past, lack of resources has led to conflict and war. The EU has sufficient land to feed its population whereas Britain does not.

    So, what now? I would urge everyone to vote but before doing so, take time to consider the real facts and ignore the siren calls of those with ulterior and often hidden motives. Nothing in life is perfect and it is up to you to weigh the pro’s and con’s. Make your decision based solely on the facts, devoid of all emotion. You owe it to your children and their children as well as to yourself.

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