Some in the Liberal Democrats may want the press to go away and stop running
stories about Ming, but the fact that Ming has had to launch yet another
comeback and we are still struggling in the polls shows the press are not simply
making things up. There is a problem, there is a boil, but nobody has the guts
to lance it for fear of the pain.
This comes on the back of Simon Hughes' interview to be broadcast on TV tomorrow, in which he says Sir Ming "has got to do better". The Times has a long article on Page 2 this morning too. Stephen Tall seems to be having an attack of the vapours too. While defending Ming on LibDem Voice, on his own blog HERE, he is rather more equivocal. He comes up with this idea...
It is no good closing our eyes and ears, and pretending all this nonsense will
just go away if we ignore it. The vultures of the Fourth Estate are circling.
For the good of the party, the uncertainty cannot be allowed to continue. The
onus is on our MPs, I think. A letter signed by all 62 of Ming’s Commons’
colleagues expressing full support for Ming as leader is the very least that's
needed. If they’re not prepared to do that, they have to work out what they are
prepared to do.
That, if I may say so, is an open invitation to mutiny, however you dress it up. The problem the LibDems have is not only that of their leader. They are now facing a classic squeeze. The voters they attracted from Labour who were disillusioned with Tony Blair are returning from whence they came. And David Cameron is attracting them out the other side. The last three polls have shown the LibDems at 11%, 12% and 11%. A change of leader would not necessarily change this, but it might. And that's the dilemma facing LibDems this week.