Thursday, January 05, 2006

The end of Charles Kennedy?

So Charles Kennedy has now admitted to drink problems and having treatment for them, after months of denying them. And he's taken the most bizarre step of forcing a leadership election. What the party needs is a debate on its future direction. What it's been given is a referendum on booze.

Once again Charles Kennedy has put his own career over the needs of his party by diverting the focus of its internal debate. His drinking is irrelevant to whether he should be leader. His lying is a different matter. And as a party manager he is a complete disaster.

This looks like the end of the road for him.


Anonymous said...

Charles Kennedy's drink problem is relevant to his position as leader of the Liberal Democrats. It is common for someone with a drink problem to deny it. In fact, denial is a sign of the problem so I don't think anyone will accuse him of lying.

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

He has given emphatic denials to direct questions about the problem and having treatment for it after (by his recent admission) he had started undertaking treatment. This is of a different order to a person in self-denial.

Anonymous said...

You obviously don't know any alcoholics.


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