“Are we going to have an ongoing leadership campaign between these young turks, between the election in March and the next leadership election?”
It isn’t a question about age. Sir Menzies has deliberately made it an issue in the campaign with his slogan “a bridge to the future” and his repeated promotion of Nick Clegg. The calculation, it would appear, is that Ming himself felt vulnerable on this issue and has attempted to prebut it. It hasn’t worked. Unfortunately for Nick, it isn’t in Ming’s gift to give him the leadership and every time the suggestion is made, the chance that something or someone will come along to derail the whole project increases. What’s more, the very same people who are now telling us to meekly fall in line behind Ming and wait for someone better to come along were telling us that we could not do this under Charles Kennedy. The fact that both Ming and Nick have chosen to play this game causes one to seriously question their judgement. And if nothing else, judgement is the most important attribute of any leader.
But then, I’ve been banging on about this for weeks. Don’t take my word for it. But when one of the few bloggers who supports Ming says: “If Ming doesn’t immediately put people like Nick Clegg in a box, nail down the lid, and start playing the “the future of this country is too important to be left to schoolboys” card against David Cameron, he will lose the leadership to Chris Huhne,” it is time to sit up and take notice.