With their stance on Brexit and their refusal to partner with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in any post-election government, Britain’s Liberal Democrats are once again playing to their historic strengths: brazen opportunism and selling out their own voters.
Dawn Foster is a Jacobin staff writer, a columnist for the Guardian, and the author of Lean Out.
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