The Plastic Hippo

June 3, 2015

Charles Kennedy

Filed under: Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:03 am
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Election poster from 2001

Election poster from 2001

Given the current state of British politics, an MP resigning or being rejected by the electorate or even dying is usually a cause for celebration. Charles Kennedy resigned as leader of his party, was rejected by his electorate and has now died. This is not a cause for celebration as all three events can only be described as tragic because this was not just a good man but also an example of a rare and endangered species. There are very few politicians left that have been blessed with integrity, humanity, a sense of humour and an astonishing intellect.

He achieved a great deal. Electorally, he remains the most successful Liberal leader since Asquith in 1923. His was one of the few voices in parliament to oppose Blair`s idiotic rush into a second war in Iraq and, in death, has managed to compel the BBC to air footage of the huge demonstration in London on the eve of the war. Something the state broadcaster decided to ignore at the time. He voted alone against a coalition with the Tories in 2010 realising that such an arrangement would destroy the Liberal Democrat Party and fragment and degrade the entire nation. He was a clever one, that there Charles Kennedy and it turns out that he was absolutely correct.

More importantly, he actually cared about people, inequality and fairness and unlike the current clones spouting sound bites about inequality and fairness, Kennedy tried to do something about it. When a long streak of urine passing himself off as Nick Clegg appears on television to claim that Kennedy had “good days” but was haunted by “inner demons”, you realise why the Liberal Democrats are well and truly over. It seems that Charles Kennedy was a human being that enjoyed a drink and this proved to be too much of a display of humanity for party grandees. In a world of debauchery, abuse, criminality and eye watering hypocrisy, a party leader with a drink problem is considered a liability. I feel a fraternal bond with Charles Kennedy; both he and I have no problem when it comes to drinking.

I hate name dropping but I met him once. It was at some God awful function when he was expected to be wheeled in and press the flesh. I was glugging the complimentary Beaujolais Nouveau like a bastard and he spotted me and a couple of chums necking the stuff in order to prevent it from becoming anywhere near vintage. I`m ashamed to say we were clutching our own bottles and demanding replacements. In exchange for charging his glass, Kennedy told us the most outrageous, hilarious and unrepeatable joke about a public figure that I have ever heard.

Sleep well Charlie; we need more politicians like you.



  1. Although a Lib Dem, he made and stood by some great calls.

    Another strong candidate for the ‘Best Leader that Labour Never Had Award’.

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — June 4, 2015 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  2. the joke please

    Comment by davidh936 — June 4, 2015 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

    • As I think I mentioned, the joke was – and is – unrepeatable. Not least because it is libelous, defamatory, obscene, slanderous, in the worst possible taste and quite possibly a treasonable offence. It was, however, very, very funny. Like Chilcot and the CSA Inquiry, it is neccessary to draw a discreet veil over the content.

      Comment by theplastichippo — June 5, 2015 @ 12:51 am | Reply

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