On 5 January 2005 on the Today Programme, Mr Kennedy said: "[A]s I said in an interview before Christmas - if there's a perception of anxiety on that score there needn't be"
TRANSLATION: "Actually, I'm lieing. There should be."
On 18 December 05 his office issued a statement rebutting Paul Marsden story in the Mail on Sunday."Paul Marsden is claiming that Charles Kennedy had a drink problem, which Charles Kennedy strenuously denies. The Mail on Sunday made clear that we dispute his 'facts' and his allegations."
TRANSLATION: "We are lieing but we can't admit it."
On Dimbleby, on ITV1, 18 December 05 Jonathan Dimbleby asked: "Has it been a battle to stay off the booze, have you had to have medical support in any way at all?""No, no, no, that is not the case, it is a matter on all fronts - if there's something my doctor really wants me to do over this holiday period as a matter of fact, is give up smoking and I think he's right," said Mr Kennedy."
TRANSLATION: "Well, actually, the last bit's true, but the first bit's a lie. I just can't stop lieing, can I?"
To Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, July 2002: "How much do you drink?" Mr Paxman asked. "Moderately, socially, as you well know", was the reply."You don't drink privately?""What do you mean, privately?" "By yourself, a bottle of whisky late at night?" "No, I do not, no."
TRANSLATION: "Well if you had to lead this rag bag of a party, wouldn't you want to get bladdered of an evening?"
Glad that's cleared that up then.
PS Sorry about the picture. It seems I got the wrong Kennedy...