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.