Monday, January 09, 2006

Get Ming


With Lord Ashdown joining up this morning, and other senior LD's, such as David Steel and Shirley Williams already on board, Ming is starting to look unstoppable. The Telegraph reports:

'A survey of 44 of the 62 Liberal Democrat MPs showed that he had 22 backers, including Matthew Taylor, the former parliamentary chairman. Mr Hughes had four backers, including Tim Farron and Steve Webb, and Mr Oaten had two. Vince Cable, the party's Treasury spokesman, Ed Davey, the education spokesman, and David Laws, the work and pensions spokesman, as well as Lord Steel, the former leader, and Lady Williams, have all said they will back Sir Menzies.'

And even among members- where Si is meant to be the favourite- the support is going to Ming. A DT/YouGov poll of 406 LD members gives Ming 49%, Si 21%, and Oaten 13%.

But come on you LD's, leave it out. You owe it to yourselves, and more particularly us, to have a proper no-holds-barred fight. Phil Willis, LD MP for Harrogate, has the right idea. He says he wants a contest and not a coronation "inspired by a small cabal which was intent on ousting Charles and replacing him with Ming".

That's more like it. And Charlie himself says the same. A final act of gratitude towards his loyal deputy.

What with Dave Cameron poncing about all over the place, the nasty party slot is going begging.

Get stuck in.

Picture: Willow Galleries

2 Comments:

Blogger James Hellyer said...

Charlie Kennedy doesn't seem to keen on Ming. He's taken to the media to urge the Lib Dems to have a real contest.

Presumably he noticed the knife in his back.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Aidan Brack said...

Oaten is apparently announcing his standing right now.

10:11 AM  

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