Consult your local shaman, align your chakras and the importance of the number three becomes apparent. The significance of the number three has also infected the party known as the Liberal Democrats. The last three leaders, Nick Clegg, Tim Farron and the current supreme leader Vince Cable, are clearly imbued with the magic that is found in the number three.
Let me explain my point. First with a fond recalling to a special man that created “Cleggmania”
Not to be outdone by Judas Iscariot, Nick Clegg spoke passionately about believing this to be a time ‘for promises to be kept’, ‘to say goodbye to broken promises’, ‘to put fairness back into politics’. Upon entering that coalition, in which the Tories tied their hands, his party allowed for tuition fees to be raised to £9,000. A sort of ‘shoot yourself in the face’ moment that will fill my soul with joy for years to come. It was not his fault, of course, yet he remarked on one occasion to his political counterpart: ‘If we keep doing this we won’t find anything to bloody disagree on in the bloody TV debates’. However, these are mere technicalities that we must ignore in order to totally appreciate the power of the number three.
Thus, I now turn to Tim Farron. A man unfortunate enough to have his religion at the forefront of his politics. For the rest of us, we now have to put up with journalists asking every elected MP what they think about gay marriage and gay sex. Ignore his record on LGBTQ+ issues, which for a homophobic, misanthropic tyrant are somewhat contradictory. What seemed to be pertinent is the mere possibility that he believed in a Christian Conservative view on sexual ethics. The twitter thread between journalist Owen Jones and editor of politics.co.uk Ian Dunt illuminates the opposing views. To clarify, Dunt takes the view ‘my views on people’s politics are about their actions, not their personal morality’, whereas Jones believes that personal morality does matter, raising a comparative question ‘So people can believe anything they want in your book and as long as they don’t act on it their position as party leader should be defended?’.
Individuals will no doubt differ on what side of the fence they sit on in relation to the above matter. However, in the spirit of comparison, what was difficult about the affair is that it was reminiscent of a spat between Richard Dawkins and Mehdi Hassan. On Al-Jazerra, Hassan remarked to Dawkins that he believes in the Isra and Miraj, two parts of a night journey Muhammad took during a single night in the year 621 on a winged horse as mentioned in the Qur’an. On Twitter, Dawkins wrote the following:
The reaction to this comment by Dawkins seemed to be that:
It is not hard to see that this analogy raises alarming questions. Why was the philosophical liberal principle of ‘Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign’ not applied in the case of Tim Farron? As Mehdi Hassan’s private religious views don’t have any influence on how good of a journalist he is, similarly Tim Farron’s religious views didn’t have any influence on how liberal he is given his voting record (see above). However, Tim Farron’s resignation has a special role because it leads to a third leader: Vince Cable.
Vince Cable arrives on the scene trying to resurrect a party vying for its soul. Firstly, Clegg abandoned a principle that saw his ascend to the party, much to the upset of his core electorate. Secondly, Farron was shamelessly forced out of his party for his private religious views, abandoning a core liberal principle of ‘Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign’. So what will come of Cable? He must go one step further. He must campaign for world peace. I would call for all students to vote Liberal Democrat in the hope they seek to implement this goal. Then as Vince Cable enters number 10, I hope his first act is to test the efficacy of the Trident Nuclear system. Then hopefully, the whole saga of the Liberal Democrat party and the whole farce of democracy will finally come to a close.