OK my apologies for being offline for the last few weeks.
I can confirm that I have received no response, not only from Willie Rennie, the Scottish Lib Dem leader, but from ANY representative of the party to defend his claim, at the "Glasgow Skeptics" censored "debate" on separatism, that EU membership is economically beneficial.
This empty chair seems appropriate.
However, when an opponent runs from the field one may reasonably claim victory.
I had originally planned to run this debate over a full week but because I was offline taking it up again seems inappropriate. I have sent this
Dear Mr Rennie and Lib Dem Party,
I note you & your party's refusal to debate, openly online or elsewhere, your claim that EU membership is beneficial to our economy.
I trust you will not object to the obvious conclusion that you know this claim cannot successfully be sustained in open debate (as Mr Clegg has also shown).
However I do not think it can either be disputed that open debate of issues is a necessary requirement of democracy or indeed liberalism and I put it to you that your refusal to debate is thus also proof that you and your party are neither liberal nor democratic. Let me know if you dispute either assumption or conclusion.
In that light I would be willing to debate, in the same form, with you, or any approved "LD" spokesman on ANY subject where the UKIP position differs from yours.
I assume that if you can find even 1 policy promoted by your party which is better than that of UKIP you will be more than happy to debate it.
I look forward to finding if there is any such.
Labels: British politics, EU, UKIP