If you judge a Facebook Group by the number of its members, Rod Liddle doesn't stand a hope in hell of becoming editor of The Independent. The group If Rod Liddle becomes editor of The Independent, I will not buy it again has more than 2350 members, while the group supporting his candidacy (if one can call it that) has a mere 86 supporters.
The left is up in arms at the very thought. I suppose that ought to make me warm to the idea, and indeed, the naughty side of me rather looks forward to the prospect. Editors ought to be idiosyncratic and iconoclastic. But I have never really seen Liddle as a newspaper man. Yes, he writes brilliantly, and always has an opinion on everything, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he would be a good newspaper editor.
Guido has suggested that Matthew D'Ancona would be a better candidate for the job, and I think he is right. I do think he Independent needs to get a new identity and to plonk itself on some new territory in the newspaper world. D'Ancona could reposition it to become the only Cameroon paper on the newsstands. Would that increase sales? Well, they can hardly be worse than they are already.