The new Lib Dem leader’s first pledge is to break another promise.
Sir Vince Cable was confirmed as the new Lib Dem leader when the time for nominations passed and he was elected unopposed.
He immediately announced that under his leadership, the Lib Dems will offer voters the chance to avoid Brexit – “to exit Brexit” as he put it – by promising a second EU referendum – despite the fact that he had previously dismissed such a move.
This goes beyond his earlier plea to give voters an opportunity to vote on the final deal negotiated. It is a recommendation to reverse (exit) the first Referendum (Brexit), showing that Cable is no democrat. It is EU thinking, which is not democratic but ‘we know what is best for you’. This is exactly the complaint that secularists use against Christianity.
The first UK referendum was to find out what the country wanted. This second proposed referendum is to tell them what to do – to change their minds – as happened with the second referendums in Denmark about the Maastricht Treaty in 1992-3, in Ireland about the Nice Treaty in 2001-2, and in Ireland again about the Lisbon Treaty in 2008-9. The political methodology of beguiling voters to change their minds is explained here. As usual, fear campaigns were used, exactly the complaint that secularists use against Christianity.
Vince Cable joins the long list of party leaders who promise one thing and do another once they have attained the leadership they crave. Of all people he should remember the collapse in the Lib Dem vote after their U-turn about student tuition fees when they went into alliance with the Tories in 2010.
Cable has taken over the leadership after Tim Farron MP stepped down as leader following the recent General Election, stating that “I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader.” Such was his hounding by aggressive secular journalists, that he gave the impression that a faithful Christian and a political leader are incompatible in modern society. He added: “We are kidding ourselves if we think that we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society.”
However the Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship” has a national leader and a Scottish leader who are able ‘to live as a faithul Christian’ and serve ‘as a political leader’. We need many more such leaders.
In Scotland, the leaders of the main political parties in Holyrood are all supporters of LGBT rights and three of them (Tories, Labour and Green) are openly homosexual, as is the Scottish leader of UKIP. If this is not over-representation then I don’t know what is, and it is time for Christians to step up to the plate.
18 Sep 2018: Vince Cable wants to force the UK to remain in the European Union. “Brexit is not inevitable. It can and it must be stopped.”