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Giver leader a chance

Contributed by editor on Jan 05, 2006 - 05:20 PM

Charles Kennedy at the march for peace in February 2003

Charles Kennedy


GIVE LEADER A CHANCE

by Tim Prater - Chair, Shepway Lib Dems

As I write, it's a few days into the New Year, and there is a load of media and Party gossip whether Charles Kennedy should continue to lead the Lib Dems.


It's my belief that it would be a disgrace if those conducting whispering campaigns against the leader in the media succeeded. Their aim is to remove our leader by making so many people doubt that he can continue that it becomes impossible for him to continue - it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We should not fall for this deceit - those of us who back Charles, and his leadership, should have the courage to say so. I back Charles - and hope he can and will continue.

In the words of one party member (elsewhere in the country):

"One of the attractions of the Liberal Democrats is that we are led by a person who, unlike too many career politicians, often seems fairly normal and who does not feel the need to try and grab the public's attention every waking moment of every day. He articulated to perfection what so many of us believed about Iraq and rarely puts a foot wrong on the continuing need to be vigilant about civil liberties; and he somehow manages to present the Liberal Democrats as a credible alternative against both Labour in the inner cities and Conservatives in rural areas.

"I agree totally with his apparent reluctance to try and match the hyperactivity of the Tories' new leader, which will blow itself out as the public become bored with the present stream of PR initiatives."

"I so wish that our MPs would get on with consolidating the gains made at the general election instead of aping the intrigues and back-sniping which one associates with Tory and Labour."