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20 May 2019updated 23 Jun 2021 6:19am

Retoxifying the Lib Dems? Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander pose with George Osborne

By media mole

Whatever you think of them, the Lib Dems have had a renaissance of late. Just after old father Vince said he would be giving way to a successor, the party has unexpectedly had a surge of popularity – winning big in the local elections, and polling well for the European elections, at first place in London and potentially set to beat Labour overall.

Predictably panicked by Labour’s lack of Remainyness, the Observer ran a splash yesterday reporting the party’s fears that its Brexit stance was helping “detoxify the Lib Dems”.

Well, never underestimate the Lib Dems’ ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Because former leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and his then chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander have posed for a jolly photo with… George Osborne!

Y’know, Osbo? Ozzy! Osbolicious! Cut the state to smithereens and destroyed his junior coalition party’s electoral prospects in the process because they just went along with it? Yeah, that legend!

Alexander cooed about “the chance to see some old friends” when he tweeted the photo. Here it is:

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As some people on Twitter have pointed out, this may not be the best time to remind the electorate of your associations with the Tory government that got us into this mess in the first place… But hey, bollocks to Brexit!