“No intentions” is not of course a definitive negative and writing your memoirs long before retiring often anticipates a run for office. However it looks like the LibDems will have to find someone else to replace Vince Cable…
From LibDemVoice Guido learns the party has a new slogan to be unveiled at the upcoming party conference. Is it just Guido who sees a problem with posters up and down the country with low-wattage leader Vince Cable on them next to the slogan “Demand Better”? LibDemVoice calls the slogan “aspirational”. Quite.
Norman Lamb has ended his silence and announced he won’t be running for LibDem leader. Just Cable and Davey left in the running…
The bookies’ favourite Jo Swinson has decided not to stand, noting “most blokes in my shoes would run for leader like a shot”. Indeed she has a point, the remaining field is a bunch of boring bald, grey or balding, grey blokes ready to lead the LibDems into mediocrity.
- Norman Lamb: The new bookies’ favourite, probably because he has been so loudly taking soundings about whether he should run.
- Sir Ed Davey: LibDems are increasingly tipping Davey as the most likely next leader. Has a growing online band of supporters sharing stories about how he saved a woman’s life. Wants it badly.
- Sir Vince Cable: Now the third favourite, Vince’s odds have moved out over the last few days as LibDems look for a younger option. Though his supporters will argue Swinson stepping aside could see him as a two-year caretaker option.
- Tom Brake: Not grey or bald but human beige. Still hasn’t ruled himself out. Probably should.
At least Swinson would have been a relative breath of fresh air.