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“Whatever jokes he made about himself, he was nobody’s fool”


Ian Hislop remembered Charles Kennedy in The Observer yesterday.  He writes:

think Charles would have laughed. David Cameron was one of the last to arrive at his memorial service and walked down the aisle looking for a seat. The only one available was in a pew next to Nick Clegg. “Awkward,” said someone sitting next to me as the prime minister greeted his former coalition partner warmly and sat down.

Politics is a funny business in both senses of the word – bizarre and comic – and Charles Kennedy always had a keen sense of this. It was why the public warmed to him so strongly because he realised that the world that engaged him so passionately could strike ordinary people as strange or ridiculous. Acknowledging this was a way to bridge the gap and he was always very good on Have I Got News for You, irreverently answering questions using exaggerated political cliches or avoiding them entirely using absurd evasive euphemisms.

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Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices culled from the 50+ I’ve linked to from my Delcicious account this last week…

Groundhog year – Peter Kellner examines the polls to find how 12 months’ political turmoil has shifted popular opinion. The answer — not at all: ‘public reaction this year to Britain’s continuing economic troubles has been remarkably static. 2012 has been groundhog year.’

What next? Osborne needs a change of direction – Adam Posen, a former …

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Musings from the Front Bench…

I have supported the Liberal Party and its successors since the General Election of 1950, although I did not follow a political career. Instead, I was involved in the railway and bus industries before moving into academia at the Universities of Salford and Oxford.

My entry to the House of Lords was a complete surprise. It took place over a two year period, and the process began with an interview with John Harris and Bill Rodgers, the then Chief Whip and Leader in the House respectively. Having been sworn to secrecy, I was asked firstly whether, if appointed, I would promise …

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More Hansard quotes about #Trafigura

Yesterday we brought you links to discussion in Parliament about disreputable oil company Trafigura’s legal shenanigans to prevent discussion of their activities on the Côte d’Ivoire.

Today here’s a little more, courtesy of Private Eye’s blog. Ian Hislop, the editor of the magazine, appeared with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger at a select committee hearing discussing the damage injunctions can do to real, investigative journalism. An unedited verbatim transcript can be found here, with the juicy bits starting around Q850, about halfway down the very long page.

In it, Hislop talks candidly about a number of incidences where …

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  • User AvatarDavid Raw 24th Oct - 11:25am
    PS A further thought for Tim to campaign on............... In effect the Brexiteers have devalued the pound.... Tim should say this loud and clear. Every...
  • User AvatarEdward Thompson 24th Oct - 11:22am
    I don't think he does come across as a prat, but never mind if he does, in that case it's the fault of his advisers,...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 24th Oct - 11:12am
    Agree with my near neighbour Denis Mollison on the substance of the matter. There is, of course, a further resolution to the problem for those...
  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 24th Oct - 11:08am
    "a profound and sickening dishonesty" That's an unpleasant and unfair way to criticise a necessarily slightly vague policy in a very uncertain situation. Despite what...
  • User AvatarJohn Peters 24th Oct - 11:02am
    Oh dear. If that's representative of the speech he comes across as a prat.
  • User AvatarAlan Depauw 24th Oct - 10:50am
    Picking you up on your last paragraph, Verhofstadt and Varoufakis are proponents of a truly federal Europe. I happen to agree with them, but believe...