Thursday, January 12, 2006
It was generally thought that the younger Lib Dems would support Menzies Campbell as a uniting force for the leadership, knowing that he would be forced to stand down after the next general election on age grounds. This would vacate the seat for them to battle it out amongst themselves, however, this tactic is now not an option. With Chris Huhne today entering the contest, it has forced the hand of his fellow Orange Bookers and hence we may see Clegg stand. The battle originally planned for 2009 is happening now.
As if the election process wasn't confusing enough already - The Guardian point out today that a loophole in the Lib Dem rules means that there is nothing to stop MPs from signing up for more than one leader! This could ensure that in the nominations process, the Orange Book candidates don’t block each other from standing by taking votes from the limited pool of right-wing MP’s. With the election itself using preferential voting, it shouldn’t split the
Moving away from the Lib Dems, the New Statesman has an interesting article about what it’s calling “the Adrian Mole generation” of new politicians – Cameron, Clegg, Opik, Alexander, Miliband et al. Worth reading.
Do feel a little wary of the fact this multi-media opposition seems to act so fast, and ensure whoever is the early favourite ia only riding for a fall, vituperatively delivered... eg. Messrs Davies, Campbell.
He did come across as utterly hopeless at PMQs yesterday, though... Who oh who oh who oh who vetted that 'temporary headteachers' question without foreseeing every which way eventuality...?
Ah well, you play the lazy yet snidey game, you can't expect to call all the shots, all the way through...
Hughes strikes as an excellent constituency MP, probably a good party president, but can't see him stemming the policy meandering Kennedy too failed to control...
Maybe Clegg, having played so loyally hard to get these past few days, while mopping up Press credentials, will reluctantly be pressed forward to accept his crown...
T'would certainly be intriguing, at the very least.
All I can say is: anyone but Teather, per-lease...
I couldn't agree more. And I hope the above puts all this nonsense about Clegg in perspective.
Jon, Everton analogies only if you please!
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