New poll: who gave Ming the final push?

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2007

Well, the newspaper front pages assert there’s no doubt who is responsible for the downfall of Ming Campbell: Lib Dem ‘plotters’. Which coming from newspapers which have constantly pilloried Ming simply for being in his 60s, and have blown up his light-hearted asides as gaffes, seems to me like breathtaking hypocrisy.

But over to you: who do you think gave Ming the final push? Was it:

– The media;
– The ‘young turks’;
– The bloggers;
– Ming himself;
– The polls;
– Brown and Cameron?

To vote, see the poll in the right-hand column.

Here are the results of the previous LDV poll…

Who do you think enjoyed the best Lib Dem conference this year?

• Nick Clegg: 26% (87)
• Chris Huhne: 21% (70)
• Ming Campbell: 20% (67)
• Lady Elspeth: 16% (53)
• Lynne Featherstone: 10% (35)
• Sarah Teather: 8% (28)

Total Votes : 340

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I think it was Simon Hughes and friends. To which category he will fit? He isn’t a “Young Turk”.

by anonymous on October 16, 2007 at 1:19 am. Reply #

Vincent Talleyrand, obviously.

by greg on October 16, 2007 at 7:24 am. Reply #

Haven’t you got anything better to do than think up stupid polls?

The answer is “all of the above”. Quite why it seems necessary to put tosh like this on LDV I don’t know.

by Duncan on October 16, 2007 at 7:59 am. Reply #

Can I be the first person to post the location of a ‘Nick Clegg for Lib Dem leader’ Facebook group?

by Rob Blackie on October 16, 2007 at 8:00 am. Reply #

3 – The answer is “all of the above”.

Duncan, that is kind of the point of the poll. Given the tenor of this morning’s press coverage – ridiculously suggesting it was all down to internal backstabbers – it’s no bad thing to point out that Ming was facing pressure from lots of different sources. Not least the media, as the early poll results suggest.

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2007 at 9:01 am. Reply #

Look to the future, not the past!!

by Simon on October 16, 2007 at 10:07 am. Reply #

Can i have an “all of the above” option to choose then. Or a Macmillanesque “event, dear boy, events”

by Duncan Borrowman on October 16, 2007 at 10:45 am. Reply #


by martin lewis on October 16, 2007 at 10:53 am. Reply #

Isn’t it obvious that the two assassins were the ones reading out his resignation statement?

by Detail Seeker on October 16, 2007 at 1:03 pm. Reply #

@ 9 – No, not necessarily. Both have constitutional functions in situations like this. Simon as President receives the resignation, Vince as Deputy Leader has to show continuity and hold the fort for a while.

by Rob F on October 16, 2007 at 1:04 pm. Reply #

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