YouTube 'cos we want to: Charles Kennedy special

by Stephen Tall on August 8, 2009

It’s one of the curiosities of YouTube that, because it’s only four years old, even fairly recent events and people of prominence are sometimes almost absent. Search for ‘nick clegg’, elected leader of the Lib Dems 18 months ago, and you’ll find 520 videos; search for ‘charles kennedy’, who led the party from 1999 to 2006, and there are fewer than a hundred, many of them relating directly to his resignation.

Here are three of the clips I found, and dusted down for your viewing delectation:

First up, and seven years before Charles was elected party leader, he was one of the Lib Dem talking heads for the BBC’s 1992 general election coverage. And doesn’t he look youthful:

Secondly, Charles gives a personal explanation of what motivated him to get into politics (the shakiness is down to the cameraman, I think, rather than CK):

And finally, here’s an interview Lib Dem Voice carried out with Charles almost two years ago, at the party’s autumn conference in Brighton: