Things have come to a pretty pass when the two party spokespeople who experience the worst drubbing in a debate are the current Defence Secretary and the Green party representative.
In today’s Daily Politics defence debate Rebecca Johnson ended up, after some considerable flapping and obfuscation, disowning a section of the Green party’s website which said membership of a jihadi organisation shouldn’t be illegal. And Michael Fallon repeatedly refused to say that the Tories would support Labour in a vote on Trident renewal, then struggled under tough questions about the Tory failure to commit to spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence. Vernon Coaker also dodged questions on Labour's own commitment to defence spending.
Johnson eventually said she ‘personally’ disowned the statement on the Green website that it should not be a crime to be a member of a jihadi organisation or have sympathy with its aims if they don’t take part in violence.
‘Our manifesto is the policies on which we are standing in this… personally, yes, fortunately I'm part of a party that allows us to disagree with certain elements and to seek to change them.’