"Lord knows why this lot are in power"

Monday 27 January 2014

I completely wasted my very first vote in a general election, sad to say. It was in the contest of October 1974 I'd just turned 18 and in my youthful innocence fell for the Liberals' "just give us a chance" spiel. When I told my father what I'd done he was horrified.

"But the Liberals always want to have everything both ways," he told me in tones of amazement. "They never make up their minds about anything. Surely you knew that, Richard?"

Forty years on, the Liberal tendency to dither over dilemmas is as strong as ever. The conclusions of the party's internal investigation into a slew of accusations from women that Lib-Dem peer Lord Rennard felt them up and made improper suggestions was a masterpiece of muddlethink, summed up thus: Rennard probably did it.

There is no proof that Rennard did it.

The women aren't lying, so he probably did it.

But he might not have done it. We sort of think he did though, even if he says he didn't.

So he should say sorry, even though we can't make him.

The moment I heard of this last condition I turned to my wife and said: "That's the petrol on the fire. Stand back everyone."

Read Richard's full Daily Express column here

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