Like Jo Grimond, the Liberal leader of the 1960s, who also appealed to Conservative voters, Menzies Campbell is a leader in the mould of Asquith — though oddly enough it was Asquith who had a drink problem as Prime Minister and his rival, Lloyd George, who went on to form a coalition with the Tories. One can legitimately ask whether 21st-century Britain is ready for another Asquith. Are balanced judgment, well-concealed energy, lucid eloquence, maturity, the manners of a laird, the best lawyerly qualities, an image that can now be promoted into power and office? Times readers born before 1950 might love it — I think we would — but are there enough of us? Certainly Menzies Campbell’s image is not that of reality television, the celebrity world of Miss Kate Moss.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Is Ming down with the kids?
William Rees-Mogg thinks that Ming "the Merciless" Campbell would make a good leader of the Lib Dems, but is not sure that the Baby Boomers and Generation X would agree: