Thursday, March 30, 2006

Campbell and Cable: About as balanced as Geoff Boycott's wonky grin

We keep hearing that the Liberal Democrats contain the "brighest and best" young talents in British politics, as well as the most promising batch of new women MPs.

So why is that, hard on the heels of the election of 64-year-old Ming Campbell as party leader, the party has now elected the 62-year-old Vince Cable as his deputy?

I am no ageist, but parties have to try to maximise their appeal to all age groups, especially when they are confronted by a phenomenon like David Cameron.

The deputy should either have been a woman - preferably Susan Kramer - or one of these bright young things we are endlessly being told about.

3 comments:

Susanne said...

My thoughts exactly

MILTON said...

UNLESS THEY HAVE NOTICED THE ISRAELI ELECTIONS WHERE THE PESNIONER PARTY GAINED SEVEN SEATS FROM SCRATCH AND THEY ARE VOTERS. MAYBE CHANGE NAME OF PARTY

Inamicus said...

Was at a party with Ming and others on Wed night when the result came through; there was general surprise that Matthew Taylor didn't win - he was ahead on the first vote but lost on second prefences. Agree that a female or younger deputy would have been preferable; however none stood.

Bear in mind that this post was elected by the parliamentary party and not by the membership.