January 5, 2006


Kennedy: I have a drink problem (Toby Helm and Brendan Carlin, 06/01/2006, Daily Telegraph)

The Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy launched a dramatic attempt to save his career last night when he admitted having had a drink problem for 18 months while calling a leadership election to take on his detractors.

Mr Kennedy, who has led the party since 1999, responded to growing criticism of his performance with a defiant statement in which he insisted that he was winning his alcoholism battle after treatment, had not had a drink for two months and was now "in good health".

This is a nation that thinks it needs to keep its pubs open longer?, Alcohol policy blamed as liver deaths soar (Nic Fleming, 06/01/2006, Daily Telegraph)
The Government was accused yesterday of turning "a determined blind eye" to an alcohol problem that is killing Britons faster than any other nationality in western Europe.

Research shows that liver cirrhosis deaths are soaring in Britain while falling in other European countries.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 10:44 PM

I thought they were talking about MA Fats

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 5, 2006 10:54 PM

Their solving the six billion population problem.

Posted by: Genecis at January 6, 2006 10:14 AM

"MA Fats"

Your comment offends me deeply. Please dont' talk about the man who was both the Hero of the Chappaquiddick Disaster and is the Senate's Lifeguard Pro Tempore in that manner.

(And when I saw the headline, I had the same thought..)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 6, 2006 12:59 PM

The Government was accused yesterday of turning "a determined blind eye" ...

Blind because of the moonshine, of course ...

Posted by: Steve White at January 6, 2006 4:21 PM