More Lib Dem panto-sanctimony exposed
John McTernan is in fine furious form, roused by Nick Clegg’s “smug, self-satisfied, self-justificatory, deluded” speech to a not-quite-full conference hall.
Best of all was – at last – that he vigorously rebutted the panto-sanctimony of the Liberal Democrats on “child detention”, by rewriting a paragraph of Clegg’s speech thus:
After the May elections, Alex Cole-Hamilton, one of our defeated candidates in Edinburgh said that ‘if losing was part payment for claiming to end child detention and then privately realising that no immigration system can work if there isn’t an effective returns policy, which in the end means deporting families and if they don’t actually want to go, as so many have shown, then in the end we will have to put then in a secure place until they can go on a plane, but at least we won’t call it detention’. Well, as he said: ‘I accept it, with all my heart.’
That really should be the end of that sob story.
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