Brexit has uncovered a frightening vacuum of clear thinking among the main political players. Labour has lurched back into its Marxist tendencies. The Conservatives veer towards xenophobic nationalism. The Scottish Nationalists want separatism. The European Union refuses to discuss the mildest of reform even as right-wing racism becomes a bigger and bigger vote winner. And Britain’s Liberal Democrats conjure up an image of Nero and Rome. They are leafletting about pot holes while the values which bear their name are shredded ballot box by ballot box.
Today is Remembrance Sunday, when we pay tribute to all those who gave their lives for the values of Liberal Democracy. It is as good a day as any, therefore, for the Liberal Democrats to get off their butts and ramp up their game because right now, in Britain, they are the only show in town. First up, for their referendum campaign on Brexit negotiation results they need to specify reform in the EU, too, if they are to achieve that referendum and then win it. It’s not rocket science, but spell it out without sub clauses. And second, come up with a slogan to match ‘Take Back Control’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ and shout it from the roof tops. We need to know what Liberal Democracy stands for.