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Even Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless who defected to UKIP (a party I dislike) had the decency to call for by elections. "We lack the scruples of UKIP" is not a good tone to set and does not #ChangePolitics for the better. They should face the electorate ->
It doesn't have to be today but they should all set a date in the near future (e.g. April) for by elections, to give them time to set out their manifesto. They did not stand as "independents", they were not voted in as "independents".
This lack of conviction to describe themselves as what they are - a newly formed political party, the outright refusal to face the electorate mixed with an example of casual racism reminiscent of the 1970s - aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/f… - sends an appalling message. Do better.
I have no issue with a strong third party, it was a pity that the LibDems didn't stand with more conviction on their anti brexit stance at the general election ... but this is not a good start. The tone is awful.
X : But they're independents.
Me : In which case they don't need a leader nor claims of becoming the third party. There is dishonesty in the semantics of trying to pretend you're not a political group. This is badly handled with poor messaging for an event that has been planned.
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