January 7, 2006

HE TOOK BEING A KENNEDY TOO SERIOUSLY:

It's all over, 33 Lib Dem MPs tell Kennedy (GERRI PEEV, 1/07/06, The Scotsman)

CHARLES Kennedy's credibility as the Liberal Democrat leader was torn apart by his colleagues yesterday when more than half of the party's MPs said he must resign and front-benchers threatened a mass walkout if he failed to step down.

The backlash began building yesterday afternoon when 25 of the party's 62 MPs issued a statement calling on Mr Kennedy to step down over his drink problem and dwindling political authority. The 25 - including 19 front-benchers - said they would no longer serve under Mr Kennedy and gave him until Monday to act.

He was dealt a further, punishing blow last night when a poll by BBC's Newsnight programme found a total of 33 Lib Dem MPs thought his position was untenable.

The Newsnight poll found only 13 MPs thought Mr Kennedy should stay. Sixteen declined to express an opinion.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2006 7:58 AM
Comments

Live by the shallow moral disapproval, die by shallow moral disapproval.

Posted by: ZF at January 7, 2006 9:29 AM

Can we imagine that the citizens of Massachustes would follow this precedent?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 7, 2006 10:34 AM

Given the relationship between Britain and the bottle, if Charles Kennedy has a drinking problem, wouldn't that make him more representative of his constituency and precisely the person to lead?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 8, 2006 4:13 AM
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