Monday, 15 October 2007

End of the Ming dynasty

So. Farewell then, Ming. It is actually quite sad. Whatever role he played in the slaying of Charles Kennedy, Ming seems to be a genuinely decent guy who, like Michael Foot, will be remembered as a bumbling old fool who was his party's worst leader rather than for the distinguished career in several fields which preceded it. It is probably unkind to suggest that he was only elected leader following the debacle of the leadership contest because he was too old to get up to sexual shenanigans like this or this: he was (wrongly) seen as a safe pair of hands.

So whither now? Chris Huhne is much spoken of, but with a tiny majority in Eastleigh the last thing the Lib Dems want is a leader who could lose his seat. Nick Clegg and Steve Webb both have safe seats and appear to have considerable support in their party. Politics just gets more and more interesting, doesn't it?

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