As an article in the Liberal Democrat Youth and Students' magazine says:
The major problem with Charles Kennedy is that he doesn't inspire confidence in the electorate. Even a lot of our own supporters laugh at the idea of Charles Kennedy becoming Prime Minister.So parts of the Liberal Democrats are willing to admit what many others have realised - Charles Kennedy is a bad leader for the party. Now how long will he try to cling on?
If we are to convince the general public that we are the real alternative we need to present them with an alternative Prime Minister, who commands their general respect in a way Charles Kennedy does not.