Why I’m not covering Nick Cohen’s piece spilling the details of Remain Alliance plans

Given all my previous coverage of how a Remain Alliance could work and why Liberal Democrats should welcome Heidi Allen’s latest moves, you might expect me to have something say regarding the details Nick Cohen’s reported in The Spectator of these plans.

I don’t, or at least not beyond simply to say that nearly all the details in his piece are, at least according to my own information, wrong. There are talks progressing and they are likely to result in agreements of some sort. Beyond that, however, his piece seems to be very speculative and often inaccurate.

More coverage when there’s more accurate news to cover.

P.S. The official Lib Dem response to the piece is:

These reports cited by Nick Cohen are inaccurate in many ways. As the strongest remain party we are committed to stopping Brexit and are actively talking to those in other parties, and none, to achieve this.


4 responses to “Why I’m not covering Nick Cohen’s piece spilling the details of Remain Alliance plans”

  1. This is n ews to me – we know of no agreement for the seats in Wales. There can be no agreement without the local parties being involved ? Will Nick Cohen please tell us who has drawn up these lists of seats and at what level agreement has been reached ?

  2. Somebody with Nick Cohen’s ear has been taking a leaf out of A B de P Johnson’s book. Draw a picture of what you want to happen and say you’re going to get there – people start focusing on the goal not the petty problems in the way. And if the election ends up more or less as projected in Nick’s article that’s probably about as good as we can expect. No doubt Mark is right, the grinding seat-by-seat negotiations have barely started yet, but if people can see the overall aim and its benefits they’ve got a better chance of succeeding.

  3. Local Parties need to be involved all along so that they can arrange meetings and discuss these issues. I’m all in favour of arrangements, however they’re arranged. The important thing is to gain buy in, that in my view won’t be that difficult from campaigners on the ground.

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