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Three cheers for the Liberals who are actually liberal

That there is a carve up by the EU 'parliament' to dish the eurosceptics is hardly news, but the plan has been made flesh:

"Members voted on Wednesday, July 9, to raise the minimum number of deputies needed to form a political group from 20 members from a minimum of six member states to at least 25 members, representing seven states".

Had it gone to fifty, the two extreme left parties - the Greens and the Communists - would have been in trouble, not that there was much prospect of that happening.

Anyway, that true believer in democracy, Richard Corbett (Socialist, Yorkshire) thinks the scheme is just great:

"the parliament has "one of the lowest thresholds that exist for allowing the constitution of a political group." "Just 2.5 percent of our membership can create a political group".

Keir Hardie would have been so proud of him.

Anyway, now for the punchline:

"But the new rules came under fire from smaller groups and were also opposed by the third biggest political group in the parliament, the Liberals, who called it "detrimental" to parliamentary democracy and efficiency".

So, good for the ALDE, which houses our own dear LibDems.

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