Is it really wise for the Oaten camp to come up with this?
Ming has not been a well man. Leading the third party is an enormous strain. You don’t have the back-up that the two main parties enjoy.
Really? Why, then, did Mark believe that Kennedy was up for the job, despite his debilitating condition? If Oaten is going to make Campbell’s health an issue, then he has serious questions of judgement to answer himself.
A remarkably nasty start to a campaign.
UPDATE: The Times speculates that Oaten is planning to pull out for Campbell at the last minute. Personally I can’t see it. He’s spent the past week burning all his bridges with Ming’s camp – if he doesn’t stand then his attacks will only help Simon Hughes in the end – and to do so would effectively render him a less serious political operator than John Hemming (no offence, John). As I said on Monday, he’s spent far too much time preparing for this moment to bottle out now.