Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ivan Massow joins the Liberal Democrats

Good news from the Financial Times:
Ivan Massow has been a flatmate of Michael Gove, an admirer of David Cameron and, briefly, a chaperone for Margaret Thatcher. The entrepreneur and philanthropist even aspired to be the Conservative candidate for mayor of London. 
But now he is a Liberal Democrat. His defection is the first of what Tim Farron’s party hopes will be a stream of centrist recruits — motivated by a pro-EU outlook, fiscal moderation and the apparent end of the Tory party’s Cameron era. 
“They are really nice people. It is such a change from the Tory party,” said Mr Massow, whose business successes included offering financial services to gay people.
The Lib Dem website quotes him too:
"After seeing the Lib Dems’ work in Coalition, and seeing them step up to the responsibilities of government, I felt I had more in common with them. I hadn’t realised the Lib Dems could be a party of government before Coalition – and I know they took a huge hit for doing it – but I think they proved themselves and were a great party for the economy and a great help for business."

1 comment:

wolfi said...

Not too much OT re the Tories:

The late great Iain Banks in his last novel "The Quarry":

“I’m not arguing there are no decent people in the Tory Party,” one character declares. “But they’re like bits of sweetcorn in a turd; technically they’ve kept their integrity but they’re still embedded in sh**.”

I took the liberty to quote him (especially enjoyed his Science Fiction) - exchanging "Tory Party" with "US Republicans" ...