No such excuse can be made for Jo Swinson, who I've just seen has been given a CBE. Does anyone have the faintest idea what she's supposed to have done to deserve that? She hasn't yet been party leader, she's only been deputy leader for a few months, and in the coalition government she never made it beyond junior ministerial rank. Perhaps more to the point, she's only 37 years old, which in all likelihood means the meat of her political career is still ahead of her. Honouring her at this stage is an unfathomable decision, and one that surely brings the system into further disrepute. The obvious suspicion is that the Lib Dems, who pose as radicals but are establishment to their bones, have given up on collecting votes and are getting their kicks by collecting undeserved gongs instead.
Ironically, this development coincides with an article in the Guardian the other day which suggested that senior Lib Dems are increasingly looking towards Layla Moran as their party's future. Swinson's name wasn't even mentioned. That's an astonishing turnaround from a few short months ago when it looked like Swinson would only need to wait a couple of years for Vince Cable to step down, and then enjoy a coronation. She may have miscalculated very badly by sitting out this year's leadership contest. And that could well be a stroke of luck from our point of view, given that home-grown leaders tend to produce at least a modest vote boost in Scotland.
Not that I'd want to take sides in a matter that doesn't concern me, of course, so here's my totally unrelated Eurovision video of the day.