Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has been compared to Violet Beauregarde – the spoilt brat who wanted more and more until greed turned her into a giant purple balloon – and Violet Elizabeth Bott – “I’ll scream and I’ll scream until I’m sick!” Perhaps, we should rename her Violet Swinson!
Violet Swinson is like the teacher’s pet turned school prefect with ideas way above her station and an unbearably conceited nature – from her wide-eyed, I shall repeatedly nod as though I’m honestly listening and not-at-all patronising you – to her coarse voice which turns shouty the moment she gets rattled as her eyes switch from innocent child to power-hungry megalomaniac – it’s clear everything about Violet Swinson is a performance and not a convincing one. She’s more first year drama student than accomplished political leader. More the youngster in the work place who landed a position way above her skill level and experience, and now manages to rub everyone up the wrong way.
The only impressive trait of Violet Swinson is her spectacular delusion of grandeur as she laughably claims she will be prime minister – she’s only 303 MPs short of a majority – and given one third of her MPs are Labour and Tory squatters, it seems possible she will lose seats at the next general election. Even her own East Dunbartonshire seat is vulnerable. Wouldn’t it be amusing to see the aspiring prime minister lose her seat? There’s every chance that will happen, and Violet knows it, which is why her behaviour is becoming increasingly irrational and opportunistic.
Violet Swinson is supposed to lead a liberal party, yet she welcomes the most illiberal racist and homophobic MPs to get the numbers up. What clearer indication that the Illiberal Democrats in their current iteration are driven by power rather than principle? What would the late Charles Kennedy think? Indeed, what is the point of power if you sacrifice everything you’re supposed to believe in, in order to accomplish that power?
Violet Swinson’s current strategy is to pitch herself as progressive and just say whatever Labour isn’t saying. When Labour’s official policy was to push for an EU trade deal, the Illiberal Democrats’ official policy was to push for a people’s vote. When Labour’s official policy was to push for a people’s vote, the Illiberal Democrats suddenly didn’t want one. They wanted to abandon the policy, ignore the last referendum result, and simply cancel Brexit – Illiberal Un-Democrats.
But does Violet Swinson give a damn about Brexit? It really is hard to tell. Certainly, she seems determined to split the remain vote which would only accomplish one thing – a Tory government and a Trump deal Brexit – the opposite of what she claims to want. But then again Violet did serve as a minister in David Cameron’s government and she did vote with the Tory whip more times than Cameron himself.
It’s no secret the Illiberal Un-Democrats have been discussing the possibility of another Tory coalition. They might try to pass themselves off as a remainer Tory-lite party, but another coalition would not give us remain. It would however give us austerity on steroids – music to Violet’s ears, given she’s recently declared austerity did not go far enough. I can think 130,000 dead people who would beg to differ, if only they could, but they’re just collateral damage in Violet Swinson’s maniacal quest for power.
How can Lib Dem voters possibly trust a party which promised to scrap tuition fees and then tripled them? Brexit will be the same thing all over again, only the consequences will be much graver. Remember Nick Clegg saying “Sorry” and that he should never have made that promise. That will be Violet Swinson in a couple of years, saying “Sorry” and that she never should’ve pledged to remain.
Will Lib Dem voters forgive and offer Violet a scapegoat? Oh well, she was in coalition so her hands were tied? She could choose to ally herself with Labour and pretty much guarantee the public get a people’s vote on Brexit. She won’t. This means the one viable remain option – Labour – must now defeat the Tories, Brexit Party and the Lib Dems who should be our allies. The Illiberal Un-Democrats are not a force for remain – they’re a force for Brexit.
The only question in my mind is: Does Violet Swinson secretly want Brexit? Or is she so blinded by hatred of Corbyn that she will scream and scream until she makes herself sick? So deluded in her quest for power that she will chew gum until she turns into a giant purple balloon? The truth is, no one knows what Violet Swinson is thinking – not even her own ramshackle party of homophobes and racists.