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Before we get going, let us qualify the following post by saying that the Lib Dem MEPs have been doing a reasonably good job, particularly in areas such as financial regulation and transparency. Unfortunately, they seem to have dug themselves into a bit of a hole in this instance…

Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies moved to criticise Conservative MEPs today, for “refusing to back the government’s position” over the increase of the EU’s 2020 CO2 reduction target to 30%. The Conservative MEPs suggest that the target should not be increased from the current 20%, despite the Government’s policy to support the increase. Davies went on to say that the Conservative MEPs were demonstrating “their real views about efforts to curb global warming”, and that “to be sure of success they need Conservative support. All indications are that they will not get it.”

It’s all well and good to highlight disparities between the Government and the Conservative party at large, but, unfortunately, this time, the Lib Dems seem to have forgotten that they are also part of the Government…

As we’ve already noted, Lib Dem MEPs voted last month to scrap the UK’s rebate and in favour of an EU tax. Not only was this clearly against the Government’s position it was also expressly against their manifesto for the 2009 European elections.

Pot. Kettle. Black. No?

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