'The Age of Ming' – Tue 23 June, BBC Radio 4, 11am

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2009

If you have the chance, you can listen live to BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Age of Ming’ tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11 am. If you don’t have the chance, there’s always Listen Again. Here’s the BBC online article:

Sir Menzies Campbell lasted less than two years as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Many believe he was hounded out of office by a media obsessed with his age and appearance. The former Olympic athlete protests that, after his admittedly shaky start in the Commons, views were formed in the press that never wavered.

His background should have been an image-maker’s dream: born into a modest Glasgow family with a hard-drinking father, Campbell became in turn an Olympic athlete, a successful barrister, and a widely-admired MP respected across party lines. He even defeated cancer.

So how did it all go so wrong when Sir Menzies – or Ming as he’s usually known – stepped in to rescue the battered Liberal Democrat party from crisis and turmoil after Charles Kennedy was forced to admit his drink problem and resign as party leader?

Tune in to find out.