Saturday, March 20, 2004
The media is full of stories casting aspersions on Charles Kennedy's health. According to one newspaper this morning some journalists have come to the Conference with the sole brief of watching how much whisky he drinks. These sort of smears are unpleasant and unnecessary. They are character assasination of the lowest order. What they show more than anything else is how worried the establishment is by the success of the Liberal Democrats and the personal popularity of the party's leader. It seems that together with the other two mainstream parties they will stop at nothing to bring us down to earth. No dirty trick is out of bounds. So when the Leader of the Liberal Democrats proves that he is human and capable of getting a stomach bug like the rest of us they immediately work overtime to try and demonstrate that there are other forces at work. No wonder people are turned off by the political process.