If you could ask Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson anything, what would you ask? Watch
If you could ask Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, a question this general election - what would you ask? Maybe your interested in finding out more about the election manifesto, what the Lib Dems plan to do for the NHS and education, or a question about the election campaign itself.
We will then be posing these questions to the Lib Dems and Jo Swinson, and ask them to answer the questions you feel are important. If they respond, we will then post these answers so you can see what they said!
If there are a lot of questions, a shortlist will be sent over to the parties. We have extended this offer to all the parties listed in the main hub thread linked above, and will put up answers (when/if we receive them) from the leaders in our General Election forum. If we do not get a response from the party by Wednesday 11th December, we will update the hub thread to let you know.
Perhaps this betrayal may have been forgiven had they distinguished themselves in government. Yet in the five years that followed, they enabled the Conservative Party to pass legislation which was offensively at odds with the fundamental values the Lib Dems claim to stand for. Public investment was slashed immediately after the economic crisis, when it was needed most. Public services received 20% cuts across the board, far outdoing Thatcher and wrecking performance in the areas of policing, health, social care and education, to the vociferous complaint of workers and leaders in these industries. Meanwhile, swingeing cuts to benefits have precipitated record numbers of disabled and vulnerable persons committing suicide.
The Lib Dems spent seventy-five million pounds on an unwanted referendum on the electoral system, in which they were near-unanimously defeated. They achieved little else. They seemed at every stage to command almost no influence over their coalition partners, and instead to have sold themselves out for the fleeting thrill of sitting with the big boys.
My question is this: is it possible to vote for the Lib Dems and remain a self-respecting person?
Plenty of remain supporters, such as I, would love to stay in the EU - but as a result of parties like you actually getting their fingers out this time and campaigning for remain by spelling out the positive aspects of our EU membership. In other words, change people's minds by making a persuasive argument, rather than high-handedly 'cancelling brexit' and sticking two fingers up to the 52% of the electorate which voted to leave.
How could you be so foolish as to throw away such a golden opportunity like this through some pigheaded scheme which makes even this autocratic Tory government seem reasonable.
These were voted for by Jo Swinson.
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2. Why have you not apologised to the thousands of young people and students that you lied to and increased their fees?
3. Will it be possible for you to work with a Corbyn Government?
4. What is your view on the description that your Party is regarded as the poor man’s Tory Party?
5. If Lib Dems never existed, would you have felt happy and at home in the Conservative Party?
6. Do you think that private schools should be disbanded?
You're not going to win a majority and you're not going to join a coalition, so why exactly should anyone vote for you?
How do you sleep at night knowing that the Tories are hoping that the Lib Dems do well to keep Labour at bay (and thus prevent a second referendum)?