Tim Farron resigned his leadership of the Liberal Democrat Party earlier today. His reasons give food for thought.
Farron’s statement attempts to shore up a claim of “putting the Lib Dems back on the map”.
The party certainly increased its number of MPs in Parliament by 50 percent – from eight before the 2017 snap election to 12 – though his immediate predecessor Nick Clegg had once enjoyed support from as many as 57 elected members.
But Farron is a career politician and as such comes across as being a political lightweight. He graduated with a BA in Politics just a year before being elected to Lancashire County Council in 1993. He entered Parliament in 2005 as MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, a constituency he retained in 2010, 2015 and 2017.
His performance in media appearances during the 2017 general election seemed largely unfocused, being unable to give straight answers to almost any questions posed by interviewers.
While he wasn’t the only contender to prevaricate during campaigning, Farron’s poor critical and oratory skills merely compounded the impression that he has little experience of the world outside of politics.
Question of Faith
Farron blamed his resignation on what he considered suspicion and sniping over his Christian faith. He gained particular notoriety in some people’s eyes for refusing to clarify his personal position on homosexuality.
This is surely unfair: Consider the Left’s acceptance of Muslim politicians such as London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Although Khan has enjoyed publicity opportunities attending Gay Pride marches in London, he remains a Sunni and has shared public platforms with Islamic terrorist groups known to be vehemently hostile to Christianity and intolerant of homosexuality.
Khan knows how to play the political game far better than Farron ever did. How else could he be so popular despite telling the world that terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” – even one he is mayor of and which is repeatedly under siege?
Notably, when Khan was inaugurated as London Mayor last year, he chose to swear his oath on the Quran rather than the Bible. He also left his copy of the book saying, “there will be others”.