I think this is Simons last chance to break into the big time. Enough of these meaningless protests on
lost causes like standing outside City Hall over the demise of routemaster buses, and make a comvincing
bid for the leadership. And just why isn't Hughes popular amongst his colleagues?
I've heard that Peter Mandelson is an excellent and hugely popular MP in his constituency however much the majority of us perceive him. Can't but agree with the above that it's all a matter of Presentation. I watched a TV show recently, I think it may have been Robert Winstone (the one who looks like Groucho Marx) who was analysing Body Language - Simon Hughes scored hugely.
Digressing slightly more than Loafer- onto Craggy Island and the "I hear you're a racist", episode - Ming the Merciless.
Simon Hughes certainly comes over to the general public as energetic and commited and seems to put alot into local concerns.
But more broadly he doesn't have that leadership zest and sparkiness that the Libs really need to get them launched out of their 3rd party position.
So it took the LibDems 20 months to realise that Minges Campbell was the wrong choice. I imagine now they will make another mistake and elect Lembit Opik hoping that his cheeky girl liaison has made him trendy.
The misspelling of Menzies Campbell's name is unfortunate, to say the least. It might suit Opik rather better. I can't see his winning over the Lib Dem faithful, though. And Hughes isn't the answer. The next Lib Dem leader will be someone most of us have never heard of, who will steer the party even further into oblivion.
Simon Hughes has already he said he won't stand for leader. On the news last night they showed 4 possible candidates, but I think Chris Huhne was the only one I'd heard of. They wouldn't choose Opik would they? It would be a bit like electing Boris Johnson as Tory leader...