A spokesman for Simon Hughes said: “My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all.”
Quoth Mr Hughes:
Although the race is close, the evidence is that I have a slight lead with the other two battling it out for second place.
Good luck to Simon, and I’m really pleased for him if he’s feeling confident. But please. What evidence?
The evidence may be flawed, indeed I think we can all agree that to at least some extent it is, but it all points towards a close fight between Huhne and Campbell. Every opinion poll of actual members, as opposed to supporters, suggests this. The punters tend to agree, with the lowest available odds on a Hughes victory currently standing at 12/1.
There is a fine line between self-confidence and self-delusion. Guido has a rather poorly phrased joke on his blog today, which nonetheless sums it up:
Q. What’s the connection between Simon Hughes and his Nokia phone?
A. They are both Finnish.