Nick Assinder reports on the way Charles Kennedy took a small piece of revenge on the media for the destruction of his leadership. He was due to be campaigning in the Bromley & Chislehurst by-election and journalists flocked to the seat to see him in action, not least because of his recent comments suggesting a comeback but was unable to make it after attending a family function in Surrey and getting stuck in traffic.
As a substitute Vincent Cable stepped in. The journalists must have been jumping for joy.
As noted in a comment on this blog, Charles Kennedy is due to be on the Question Time panel tomorrow, as the first major step towards rebuilding his political career. It's certainly a better start than Have I Got News For You and we'll see how far the comeback goes. Iain Dale is sceptical due to reports on Kennedy's health, but still groundwork could be laid. If Kennedy can give a better performance than Ming Campbell gave last month he will leave a lot of Lib Dem members renewing the questions about whether getting rid of Kennedy was a good move.