Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has come in for criticism after she responded to the question ‘Would you ever be prepared to use a nuclear weapon?’ with a simple ‘Yes.’
Political commentators said this unprecedented use of a straight answer is ‘unbecoming of a politician’ with Sky’s Kay Burleigh describing it as ‘further evidence that Swinson is not fit to lead the country’.
The BBC’s David Dimbleby described Ms Swinson’s actions as ‘indefensible’. He said it ‘smacked of someone who had prepared for the type of questions they may get asked’. A tactic which he described as ‘guerilla politics designed to put the interviewer on the back foot’.
On Tuesday night Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn answered questions on ITV in a head to head debate.
Both men stuck with political protocol and gave answers to questions they hadn’t been asked with Mr Johnson saying he would ‘get Brexit done’ in response to a question on NHS funding and Mr Corbyn answering a question on his Brexit stance with five top tips on growing aubergines without a greenhouse.
The Labour leader has previously gone on record as saying he could not foresee any circumstances in which he would use a nuclear weapon.
Asked for his opinion on the issue of nuclear disarmament, Boris Johnson promised to ‘get Brexit done’.
Nicola Sturgeon described Jo Swinson’s answer as ‘sickening’.
The SNP leader said, ‘British politics is broken. By Brexit, by vicious electioneering and now by whimsical truth telling. It must stop before we’re all expected to start being honest with the electorate. From there it’s a short step to them believing what we say and starting to have expectations of us fulfilling our promises. Surely,’ she said, ‘everyone knows the closest any politician ever got to carrying out a pledge was that time Chris Grayling “forgot to pay” for a can of polish from Tesco Express ’.