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  1. Shadow

    Lib Dems

    I think you're wrong on that. Maternity leave is an absolute right that the likes of Rees Mogg and Priti Patel would love to cut, if a high profile mother is seen to choose work over maternity leave it erodes the rights for those that can't stand up for themselves. In my opinion (and it's only an opinion and it's been 26 years since we had to worry about Maternity leave in the Shadow household) she is absolutely correct to take her mat leave.
  2. Shadow

    Lib Dems

    Farron in particular seems to have learned nothing from his issues with the press when he was leader.
  3. Shadow

    Our new position in the EU

    In case anyone missed it on the Lib Dem thread, Jo Swinson is currently on Maternity Leave and I have messaged her back to wind my neck in and offer my congratulations.
  4. Shadow

    Lib Dems

    As a result of Mark's article I have gone back to Jo Swinson and sent the following: I've just heard that Jo is on Maternity leave in which case I shall step down from my high horse and pause only to offer my congratulations.
  5. Shadow

    Lib Dems

    OK, Just had this sent to me by Mark Pack, he's about as close as we've got to Malcolm Tucker. Just to explain, I messaged Mark on Linkedin to ask the same questions I put to Jo and Vince. (I call them by their first names, they call security) and he came back with the linked article. I clearly am not the only person to ask those questions. With a close and controversial vote on Europe last night in the House of Commons, the absence of three Liberal Democrat MPs have raised more eyebrows than a complete back catalogue of Roger Moore appearances. For Jo Swinson, her absence was sensible. She is on maternity leave. Parental leave exists precisely so that parents can take time being parents, and they, their children and our society are better for that. For Vince Cable, his absence was unfortunate: an absence at another meeting caused by a miscalculation about whether or not there would be a close vote last night. As Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael said in apologising for the mistake, That other MP mentioned in his statement was Tim Farron. But I suspect many (including myself) will class his absence slightly differently as in his case he was giving a talk titled “Illiberal truths” at Sherborne Abbey about his experiences as a Christian politician. Previous examples of such comments have not exactly been happy and the official write-up of the event framed his talk as, “Tim Farron MP made the headlines during the 2017 general election campaign as leader of the Liberal Democrat party, although it was not, in fact, politics that generated the headlines but repeated attempts by the mainstream media to get him to express an opinion on whether gay sex was compatible with Christian faith.” To his credit, Tim Farron has also apologised: “We clearly called it wrong, as did Labour. I take full responsibility for my part. The Tories don’t deserve any luck, I’m so sorry I inadvertently granted them some.”
  6. Shadow

    Lib Dems

    Where is Malcolm Tucker when we need him. Edited to add: I tried to find a Malcolm Tucker quote that I could use as my signature but there is not one that wouldn't get me the forum equivalent of an interview without coffee.
  7. Shadow

    Lib Dems

    I'm of the view that right now it doesn't matter whether you think it might be close or not it is their duty to stand up and vote as they believe. I'd be less annoyed if they'd voted in favour, at least they'd have voted.
  8. Shadow

    Elon Musk

    I get the feeling he sees himself in the role of Tony Stark
  9. Shadow

    Our new position in the EU

    When I agreed to be nominated I asked if I could use the title "Beloved Leader"
  10. Shadow

    Our new position in the EU

    Just sent Jo a similar message.
  11. Shadow

    Our new position in the EU

    I'm "friends" with Jo Swinson on Linkedin. I see a quick message heading her way as well.
  12. Shadow

    Our new position in the EU

    I just emailed this to Vince Cable's office. I've redacted a few bits so I remain slightly more anonymous and can't get accused of dragging the party into disrepute by associating with Rugby League types. Good morning Vince, I'm chair of the REDACTED Constituency of the Liberal Democrats, a position I have been proud to hold for nearly two years now. As you will be aware REDACTED has faced some unique problems in the recent past and we see closer European ties as fundamental to presenting a strong face to those who would wish to harm us, be it with interference in our electoral processes or more locally with REDACTED. I am therfore surprised to see reports that neither you nor your predecessor as leader were at the Brexit related debate in the house yesterday, I have personally been approached by former LD members and current Labour party members who were either returning to the fold or considering changing their vote next time on the strength of the party's opposition to Brexit but have now seen their growing confidence in us as a home for their views dashed when in the words of one "You'd expect the two most senior Lib Dems to turn up for this vote in any circumstances short of their death-bed given the context of the vote and the lurch to the far rght" and in those of another "seems I was right all along, just facilitating the Tories again, like the coalition" I would genuinely welcome any thoughts that I can share to explain this. Kind regards Shadow Chair REDACTED Liberal Democrats I will report back on his reply, if any.
  13. Shadow

    Our new position in the EU

    So are you saying some people did vote to be poorer and to have their jobs taken away? What should we call those people? If no one voted for it what should we call the people doing that to them?
  14. Worst. Abba. Tribute. Act. Ever.
  15. Shadow

    Elon Musk

    No Bob, you've misunderstood. They only take the air out of the top of the tube.