Prof Curtice doesn’t hold back for Lib Dems.


He also says there is NO evidence to support the idea that the revoke policy cost the Lib Dem votes. He says that when canvassers met that as an issue on the doorstep that is because people have decided not to vote for Lib Dem for other reasons.

The Lib Dem vote is REMAIN
Lib Dems problem is going to be regaining trust from their disastrous decision to start equivocating on Brexit.

It should aim for socially liberal University educated base. Labour remain voters

He says brexit is not going away. Labour desperately wants it to.
But taking a position on Brexit is crucial but not sufficient.

There was not enough in the 2019 offering to appeal to the socially Liberal Labour voter. I agree. It sounded too close to the traditional Tory position with fiscal retraction.

That was a vote loser.
I also think that if the Lib Dems MUST plan on how to detoxify any return to EU process so that means talking about electoral systems, maybe people’s assemblies and how to have difficult national conversations better.

Learn from eg Republic of Ireland.
The damage from the coalition has not yet been repaired.

I also think it should be thinking HOW to tackle sleaze effectively….What constitutional change is needed to make this effective?
He also says that Lib Dems should be undermining the confidence of Leavers in leave.

Nothing Lib Dems do will attract the ardent leavers anyway.

Forget them.

It is the more equivocal leavers that they should aim for.

But what are the other policies that will appeal to them
Personally I think Ed Davey should come clean and say he made a serious error of judgement on the back of the 2019 defeat and got his ass verbally whopped by members and supporters for equivocating on Brexit.
However I also think he should consider whether he is best placed to lead the Party because now he going to be strongly associated not just with the coalition, tuition fees but also with saying rejoin is for the birds and Lib Dems is not a rejoin party.

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