I’m not one for praising Ming, largely because there’s very little to praise. Needless to say when I heard about the whole ‘Referendum on the EU’ thing I was taken aback. I mean, it’s one thing for him to mess up in the usual way. But this latest move, well… it’s bad even on the Ming scale of awfulness. That got me thinking. Surely Ming, whilst an absolutely terrible leader, can’t be that bad… can he? To propose a referendum on an issue the party doesn’t see the need for a referendum on?
So, if Ming was given the benefit of the doubt, if we suspended our collective disbelief, is there any politically savvy reason he would have called for a referendum?
Here’s one idea – and it’s not a great one; I mean, I’m clutching at straws here. Ming is a terrible leader, but he’s good enough to know the LibDems are in trouble, and he’s smart enough to know that he’ll probably still be leader come the next election. That being so he has to think about damage limitation. How can he make the best of a very bad situation? Hmm..
Lets throw Gordon Brown into the mix; the man who wants a government of all the talents. The man who also wants to destroy the Conservative Party. Would you offer the Lib Dems a place in the next government in return for some proposals that put the Conservatives on a back foot? If you were Ming – facing the distinct possibility of going down in history as the man that destroyed the LibDems – would you say no?
Iain has suggested that Ming’s latest offering is just another poorly executed attempt to seize the initiative; and I’ll admit my natural inclination is to agree with that assessment.
But is Ming really that awful? Isn’t there even the slightest possibility that some modicum of reason lies behind this latest ‘idea’?
So over to you… what possible reason, any reason, can there be for what seems to prima facie be yet another disaster for the LibDems? Points will be awarded for creativity!