Lib Dems launch posters attacking Johnson for lying. But what about their own fibs?

No party's hands are clean when it comes to telling porkies...

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled a poster attacking Boris Johnson for lying to the ‘Queen, Parliament and the people’.

The allegation stems from Boris Johnson asking the Queen to prorogue Parliament for five weeks, apparently in order to pass a Queen’s Speech. But the Supreme Court ruled that the real reason was to ‘stymie’ the work of Parliament.

Another Lib Dem poster shows Boris Johnson flanked by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, stating: “Brexit is good for them, how is it for you?”.

The posters were launched in London this morning on four poster vans, which are touring Conservative/Liberal Democrat marginal seats that could deny Boris Johnson a majority.

But the Lib Dems have come under fire for their own misinformation during this campaign.

Former Tory Sam Gyimah – now the Lib Dem candidate for Kensington – recently accused the current Labour MP Emma Dent Coad of being “part of all the discussions that went on in terms of cladding” with regards to Grenfell Tower when she was on the council.

But Dent Coad joined the board of the tenant management organisation for Grenfell in June 2008 and left in October 2012 – before planning applications for the refurbishment of the tower or ‘any discussions about its substance’ took place. Dent Coad has reported Gyimah to the police for what she termed a ‘lie’. Gyimah has refused to retract the comment.

Meanwhile Lib Dem leaflets have been branded ‘misleading’ by independent fact-checkers FullFact after mis-quoting a Guardian headline:

Launching the Lib Dems’ poster campaign today, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said:

“Boris Johnson and his backers Nigel Farage and Donald Trump may stand to benefit from Brexit, but it is families across the country who will suffer.

” Johnson has shown time and again that he can’t be trusted. He’s lied to the Queen, he’s lied to Parliament and he’s lied to the British people.

“Now he is trying to dupe the public into believing that voting for him will make Brexit go away. This is the biggest lie of all and it must be challenged head on. His disastrous Brexit plan would mean years more uncertainty and damage to our economy, NHS and public services.

“Liberal Democrats have shown that we can stop Boris, stop Brexit and build a brighter future, by taking seats off the Tories across the country.”

A party spokesperson told LFF the vans would be touring:

  • Richmond
  • Twickenham
  • Esher and Walton
  • Kingston and Surbiton
  • Kensington
  • Finchley and Golders Green
  • Cities of London and Westminster

The party clearly think their broken promise on hiking tuition fees is but a distant memory. Students may not agree…

Josiah Mortimer is Editor of Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter.

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One Response to “Lib Dems launch posters attacking Johnson for lying. But what about their own fibs?”

  1. Julia Gibb

    If you want an insight to the LibDems visit Scotland. They are the most aggressive political activists I have encountered. They are mostly Tories who have switched tactics to gain votes.
    They will do and say anything to gain votes. They are “social reformers” in one seat and in the next “”free market champions” and in the next “Champions of the Green agenda”.

    Simply look at their voting record (especially Swinson’s!). In Scotland they only ever vote with the Tories at Holyrood. In local councils they are loyal to their Tory comrades. In the Independence debate they were the most vocal supporters of Unionism via their alignment to the Tories.

    The LibDems have made it clear that they will not support a Labour Party in a hung Parliament. The SNP have stated that they would (with conditions).

    LibDem MPs will support a Tory Government. History will repeat the rose garden event.

    If I lived in England I would never consider this Party as an alternative vote against Tory Rule.

    Check the LibDem Westminster voting records relating to support for Tory austerity measures. Ignore the glossy election waffle and look at how they voted.
    Listen to the defence of their voting record “We had to, we were in a pact”. What type of person dumps their values so easily?
    Vote SNP in Scotland
    Vote Labour in England
    Vote PC in Wales
    Vote anything but Unionist in NI.

    The LibDems are not to be trusted any more than the Tories.

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