Interspersed between tales of their political discussions in the jacuzzi we get ringing endorsements for Mark Oaten – “Mark Oaten is definitely a good man, a good boss, a good politician and a good businessman. He also still manages to spend time with his kids. Therefore I can’t believe anyone else would be better at the leadership than him right now.”
Robin Darbyshire works for Mark Oaten.
UPDATE: Some comment makers claim Robin works for Hughes, which would be very odd given he’s backing Oaten. It’s all very bizarre.
The university principal works in a building called College Gate, so scandals in the administration tend to get called the Collegegate Scandal. More details here.
It’s Saturday, 10.30am and this is beyond the call of duty, but here we go:
Surely only members can vote? Correct, anyone who is a member on January 26 will be able to vote. Membership is open, it costs a minimum of £6, so join up and vote. For about £300,000 the Tories can choose the new LibDem leader…
Chris Huhne is the first runner with a campaign website up: www.chris2win.org – its crap and yellow. Ming’s is not ready www.mingforleader.org.uk it was registered by Dan Purchese, Chair of East Arun Lib Dems. Not sure its the official Ming site.
UPDATE: Oaten is up with Oaten TV, which has him and Lembit Opik broadcasting. Oaten’s entire campaign seems to be about him and “libertarian” Lembert. Guido was a bit surprised to hear Lembert claim in the video they are a pair of libertarians.
Nick Clegg, the LibDem Tories most feared, is hoping for a deputy Mingship after having now realised that he has missed the leadership boat. His “have I screwed it up” phone calls yesterday saw his odds dip down to 15/1 despite not being a declared runner (now back out to 50/1). You missed the boat Clegg, you may as well just join the Tories now, the Torygraph backs you and they actually want you.
Hughes is now favourite, the former bookies favourite, the patrician Ming, now reckons he is more left-wing than Labour in his interview in the Guardian this morning. LibDems are so honest and straight forward aren’t they?
Clegg’s Telegraph endorsement this morning makes his bid more credible. Punters have slashed his odds today…
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Tom Harris bemoans the public’s attitude to politicians…
“Mr Oborne echoes the lazy, anti-politics whine we hear so often these days, all based on the absurd notion that politicians were once loved and only fell out of public favour during the expenses scandal. He should take a walk to the Strangers’ Bar. But not to sup with the patrons he seems to despise so much, dearie me, no; he should instead look at the paintings on the corridor outside the bar, which depict the devastating fire which consumed most of the Palace in 1834. And he should reflect on the fact that on that dramatic night, as the Commons went up in flames, a crowd gathered on the South Bank to clap and cheer.”
” Evans, dear boy, Evans “