CCHQ’s Ming Dilemma

Ming’s overwhelmingly negative poll ratings present Tory strategists in CCHQ with a dilemma, they would rather face a Ming led Liberal Democrat party than a Huhne, or worse still, a Clegg led party. However the fear is that in the event of a hung parliament Ming would be much more sympathetic to keeping Gordon in Downing Street than his younger rivals.

The preferred scenario is that Ming leads the LibDems to a poor showing in the General Election and falls on his sword to be succeeded by an Orange booker with whom Cameron can do business. The risk is he limps into coalition with Gordon. Don’t expect any concerted Tory attacks on Ming in the near term, the last thing they want is him replaced.

UPDATE : To clarify, the above graph is derived from the number of respondents positively disposed towards Ming minus those negative towards Ming. He managed a positive rating only immediately after becoming leader.




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