Ex minister: Lib Dems now pointless

Hampshire Chronicle: Former minister Jeremy Browne says the Liberal Democrats have become pointless Former minister Jeremy Browne says the Liberal Democrats have become pointless

A Liberal Democrat former minister has suggested that his party has become pointless.

In a fresh attack on the direction the Lib Dems are being taken in, Jeremy Browne said there was a lot of "conservatism" in the party and raised concerns that it "protects the state and the status quo".

It comes after earlier criticism of "political procrastination" and claims that the Lib Dems have become the "brake on the Government rather than being an accelerator".

In an interview with The Times, Mr Browne said: "Every political party and every politician has to be able to answer the question: if you didn't exist why would it be necessary to invent you?

"I'm not sure it would be necessary to invent an ill-defined moderating centrist party."

Mr Browne was unexpectedly sacked as a home office minister in last year's reshuffle and relations with party leader Nick Clegg are said to be strained.

The MP reportedly t ried to raise his concerns about the party's direction in person with the Deputy Prime Minister but was r ebuffed.

He added: "I remain very supportive of all Nick Clegg's instincts that made him a compelling candidate to be party leader and Deputy Prime Minister.

"Whether he has moved away from some of his instincts, people may feel that he has.

"Maybe I'm a more defiantly loyal supporter of Nick Clegg than Nick Clegg is of himself."

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7:31am Sat 12 Apr 14

cosmick says...

The LIBDEMS will be the same as the WOLLY MAMMOTH. Thank God.
The LIBDEMS will be the same as the WOLLY MAMMOTH. Thank God. cosmick
  • Score: 5

9:48am Sat 12 Apr 14

SotonGreen says...

Astonishing, most of us have seen them as pointless for years but for one of their senior leadership to not just think it but to come out and say it, astounding.
Astonishing, most of us have seen them as pointless for years but for one of their senior leadership to not just think it but to come out and say it, astounding. SotonGreen
  • Score: 8

10:46am Sat 12 Apr 14

Jackaranda says...

"He added: "I remain very supportive of all Nick Clegg's instincts that made him a compelling candidate to be party leader and Deputy Prime Minister."


Eh? He wasn't a candidate to become Deputy Prime Minister, he got there by default, abandoning every thing he supposedly stood for to jump into a same sex affiliation with Cameron!!
"He added: "I remain very supportive of all Nick Clegg's instincts that made him a compelling candidate to be party leader and Deputy Prime Minister." Eh? He wasn't a candidate to become Deputy Prime Minister, he got there by default, abandoning every thing he supposedly stood for to jump into a same sex affiliation with Cameron!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 6

11:43am Sat 12 Apr 14

BeardyBill says...

The Liberals could have been a moderating force by supporting a minority Government. Unfortunately, they decided to whore themselves out and go into full coalition. I hope the ministerial cars were worth the destruction of their party.
The Liberals could have been a moderating force by supporting a minority Government. Unfortunately, they decided to whore themselves out and go into full coalition. I hope the ministerial cars were worth the destruction of their party. BeardyBill
  • Score: 4
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