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Lib Dem President Tim Farron says the Tories could "go off to the far right"

By Matthew Barrett
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A Wikipedia summary of far right ideology:

"The far right is commonly associated with persons or groups who hold extreme nationalist, xenophobic, racist, religious fundamentalist or reactionary views.The most extreme-right movements have pursued oppression and genocide against groups of people on the basis of their alleged inferiority."

Farron TimLib Dem President Tim Farron speaking on the Week in Westminster today:

"From an entirely partisan point of view, I rub my hands together with glee and think well, David Cameron, if you want to go off to the far right, you’ll find there are very few votes there. You only win elections in the centre ground, and David Cameron seems to be completely vacating it."

There are two ridiculous points made here. Firstly, the idea that David Cameron or the Conservatives would "go off to the far right". It is so utterly un-serious that it hardly merits any response. The second point is that Mr Farron implies there is no ideological space between "the centre ground" and "the far right". One can either be in the centre or the "far right" in Mr Farron's world.

Mr Farron periodically pops up to make these outrageously facile statements. He once said Thatcherism was an "organised wickedness". Goodness knows where Mrs Thatcher is on Mr Farron's farcical ranking of right-wing politics - and indeed what that says about his view of the British people who elected her thrice.