Andrew Neil is probably a genius. He totally eviscerated LibDem president Tim Farron this afternoon on the Daily Politics. With one line he also destroyed Vince Cable’s spiteful rhetoric. Yesterday Cable said:
What I will not do is provide cover for ideological descendants of those who sent children up chimneys.
Neil points out that it was the Tory Lord Shaftesbury who led welfare reform in the 1870s. Both Cable and Farron are ignorant of the fact that it was Benjamin Disraeli’s Tory government that passed the 1878 Factories Act which banned children under 10 from working and made schooling up to 10 compulsory. An act that was opposed to by the then Liberal party.
You can perhaps forgive ex-Labour councillor Vince Cable from not knowing Liberal history but not Farron.