I see that the Lib Dems were also involved in trying to put up a joint candidate with the Greens, Renew and the ludicrous Change UK for the Peterborough by-election. This really is the tail wagging the dog.
Leave the Greens aside for one moment, Change and Renew are not parties in the accepted sense of the word. Change want to change nothing and its (arriviste) members – as Rachel Johnson brilliantly demonstrated – disagree with nothing in the Lib Dem manifesto.
Renew, meanwhile, scarcely exist at all. A more muscular party than the Lib Dems would have told these vaulting, arrogant dilettantes to get stuffed and hammered them at the polls.
Whatever you may think of the Lib Dems – and I cannot abide them, they are probably the last party I would ever vote for – at least there’s a long standing principle of pro-Remain, and a long list of similarly fatuous policies honed through years and years of being wrong about everything. They should have the guts to stand up for themselves. But then, I spose, they ARE liberals.