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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Farewell to Kennedy

Charles Kennedy has resigned from the Liberal Democratic Party today, following his revelation that he was undergoing treatment for a drink problem.

It is a shame that he had to go, although his position was untenable the moment he admitted the truth of the rumours that he had been so vehemently denying for the past 18 months.

Despite everybody saying that he was a terrible choice for leader folowing Paddy Ashdown' retirement in 1999, being both Scottish & Ginger:-), he led the party to it's greatest ever election result in 2005, stood at the forefront of British politics throughout his time in parliament, and relly did offer an alternative view of politics in many areas.

So now we're in for yet another mainstream party leadership election. I hope this is not the start of tory-style tabloid spin, and that the Lib Dems elect themselves a strong leader who will stay the course.

The moral of the story is to tell the truth when you are first asked. If he had admitted the problem 18 months ago, had treatment & implemented a leadership election then, I reckon he would have stormed home with a sympathy vote.

FWIW, My money is on Simon Hughes, unless Lembit Opik stands, which would make it interesting.


  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 7:33:00 pm, Blogger Tasha said…

    Hi. You have a great blog:) I too think he would have stormed home with a sympathy vote.

    Here from Michelle's

  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 7:48:00 pm, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Hello Mrs. A...
    Of course, I'm not familiar with your poloticians but without knowing anything I think you are right that Mr. K should have told the truth from the get go! Too bad he didn't realize that!

    Here from Michele today, my dear, but I would have been by anyway...

  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 7:48:00 pm, Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said…

    It's good to know that the US isn't the only country with goofy political scandals.

    Here via Michele's :)

  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 8:11:00 pm, Anonymous Ivy said…

    I'm ignorant when it comes to your politics. But here the saying seems to be,"when asked.. Lie.. If that fails.. Lie again"

    Michele Sent Me.. Have a good day!

  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 10:51:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    I was sorry to hear Charles had resigned.

    Thing is most alcoholics don't know they have a problem.....


  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 10:23:00 am, Blogger Dak-Ind said…

    greetings from michele, mrs A.

    i guess as an american, i am used to our good ole Teddy, i am not suprised to hear about a Kennedy with a drinking problem... just mildly amused (bad way to phrase it) that our Kennedy's appear to have infected yours.

    drinking problems are always hard to admit to. no one wants to admit they have a problem, that they can not control themselves. especially a public figure. i feel for the man, but am pleased that he did the right thing and stepped down. hopefully he will receive treatment and be able to voercome his problem.

  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 10:34:00 am, Anonymous mar said…

    I would like to know where the line is between an alcoholic and a drinker but non-alcoholic...Our society encourages drinking somehow but a public person has more responsabilities. Good thing he will receive treatment. Visiting via Michele's this time, happy sunday!

  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 10:51:00 am, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said…

    They never last when to hang on.

    What about the nickname of Menzies Campbell? (Ming The Merciless)?

    Michele sent me this way.

  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 11:00:00 am, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Ming is too old to take on the leadership of the Lib Dems, which appels to more younger people with its controversial attitudes IMO.

    Plus, imagine the filed day Bremner Bird & Fortune would have with Ming the Merciless. Even better than Howard the vampire:-)

  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 11:17:00 am, Blogger Bec of the Ladies Lounge said…

    I'm wondering if Ming the Merciless has a nickname-connection to our old, old PM, Bob Menzies, who was known as Ming?

    Michele sent me tonight.

  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 12:53:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    I have a seaking suspician that Ming might actually get it. He seems the most keen, is currently in charge and they may well not want a potentially divisive election?

  • At Sunday, January 08, 2006 3:24:00 pm, Blogger mig bardsley said…

    I think it's a shame too. But reluctantly, I think it's right. Because the difficulty admitting they have a problem isn't just to do with alcohol but comes with the person too.


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