Poor old Charles Kennedy. Hounded to resignation by a pack of wolves. Who ever would have believed that the Liberal Democrats had such a ruthless streak? So much for their friendly uncle, sandal-wearing image. When push comes to shove, they’re as conniving and two faced as anyone in the political arena.
A reader’s letter in yesterday’s Guardian raised an interesting point: Kennedy has had this drink problem for a number of years and it was common knowledge throughout the higher echelons of the party. So were the individuals calling for Kennedy to stand down the very same people who, only last May, were publicly endorsing the man and trying to convince us, the electorate, that he would make an excellent Prime Minister? Hmmm. Let’s assume (and yes, this requires great use of imagination) that the Lib Dems had miraculously won the last general election – would the hounding of Kennedy still have taken place?
Nobody comes out looking very good from this saga do they? And as for Sir Menzies Campbell being the likely replacement: how can we be expected to take someone seriously when they are commonly referred to as ‘Ming’? I’m afraid there is only one person I can think of when I hear that name.