Gordon Brown's attempts to recruit politicians from other parties is a "threat to democracy", Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable has warned. He told a meeting at the party conference in Brighton that the prime minister wanted to "create a permanent dominance" for Labour.
The Lib Dems had to "establish ownership rights" on issues such as the environment and Europe, Mr Cable added. They should not allow other parties on to the "centre ground", he said.
Is that clear? For a prime minister to recruit unpaid advisers from other parties is a domineering threat to democracy. But third parties should act to prevent their rivals from adopting certain positions and addressing certain issues.
Good old Lib Dems: if they didn’t exist, you’d have to launch a consultation on the constitutional procedures of a sub-committee to consider a range of options for taking forward the process of deciding whether or not to invent them.