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Ludicrous LibDems are hungering to signal their virtue


THE Liberal Democrats’ obsession with overturning the democratic vote for Brexit hasn’t endeared them to the silent majority. Neither has their magical thinking when it comes to transgenderism.

Their previous leader, the dismal Jo Swinson, declared a few days before the December election that she didn’t believe that everyone was born either male or female.

The LibDems have turned ludicrous political posturing into an art form. Over the weekend, while most of us were enjoying the sunshine as best we could, they showed yet again why they have only 11 seats in Parliament.

One of their lesser bright sparks came up with a new scheme, ‘#LibDemIftar’, to put them back in the public spotlight, the idea being that LibDems participate in Ramadan for just one day in ‘solidarity’ with Muslims observing this religious holiday in isolation.

Unfortunately for them, this didn’t go as well as they thought it would. What could have been a decent gesture was marred by virtue signalling and hypocrisy.  

An assortment of LibDem MPs and councillors tweeted, with great dramatic flair, how difficult their one-day fast was. 

Whining about dehydration headaches and hunger pains, they were mocked by many of the Twitter community for their absurdity.

MP Layla Moran, who identifies as ‘pansexual’ and Palestinian but not as Muslim, felt it necessary to document every single detail of her fast, from photos of her food to announcing that she had to break her fast and sip water. Her timeline is full of similar riveting stuff. 

In an astounding feat of stupidity, one hapless councillor, Ian Manning, proudly tweeted a photo of his pre-fast breakfast – boiled eggs and bacon. His religious illiteracy is reminiscent of Labour’s tweet to British Jews last year, where they used a photo of a loaf of bread to wish a happy Passover. 

If you’re going to virtue-signal, make sure you get the details right. 

The LibDems are inundated with SJW (Social Justice Warrior) members who would be the first to scream ‘cultural appropriation’ if the Tories had pulled a similar stunt. Hypocrisy however is endemic in the LibDems.

If they wished to stand in ‘solidarity’ with those celebrating religious holidays under lockdown, why did they not do so with millions of British Christians denied their church services on Easter Sunday? If they are so concerned with the plight of religious minorities, why are they so quiet about the global persecution of Christians?  

One suspects they’re not quite as enamoured with Christianity as they are with Islam. Last November, the LibDems deselected their candidate for Stoke-on-Trent South because he is an orthodox Roman Catholic. 

The more the LibDems try to stay relevant, the more preposterous they become. But they do fulfil one purpose: by providing a certain amount of comic relief during these dark times.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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