The Liberal Democrat MP talks to Prospect's Alex Dean about coalitions, Brexit—and cycling with Vince Cableby Alex Dean / September 19, 2017 / Leave a comment
Politics, it is often said, is too tribal. With Labour lurching to the left and the Tories speeding off in the other direction, few politicians seem able—or willing—to bridge the party divide, even when doing so is in the national interest. The same is true across the Atlantic, where at a time of great upheaval in the country Washington remains gridlocked. Fruitful collaboration is an increasingly rare thing, and party, not policy, often comes first. At least, that’s how it can seem.
Jo Swinson would have something to say about that. If you want to get things done you simply must “work with other people,” the MP for East Dunbartonshire told me during a recent chat at the Lib Dem Autumn conference in Bournemouth. This is crucial now more than ever: thanks to hard Brexit “a horrendous set of circumstances is about to unfold.” Swinson wants to stop the government in its tracks.