Question: Rumours are gathering pace about Charles Kennedy defecting to Labour.Er, so, why this morning, does Ed blame the "overexcited blogosphere" for this story? A neat deflecting tactic? Or another sign that his grip on reality if failing almost as quickly as his leadership campaign?
Would you welcome him to the party and considering that someone on your campaign team was one of the rumoured sources for this, is it a trump card for the
I’m going to be mysterious here. The rumours are good to encourage. I was as surprised as you were when I read the report. He’s not on the phone to me every hour or anything like that. I think it does reflect the fact that there were a lot of Lib Dems who are unhappy and I would welcome Lib Dems to come over to us because it has got to be good for us to have Lib Dems defecting. I think it reflects the fact that among Charles Kennedy, among Ming Campbell and potentially Simon Hughes, there is a lot of unhappiness among that wing of the party because the Clegg people are a
different breed. They are small state Liberals, small state when it comes
to civil liberties, when it comes to the economy. They are basically Cameron
Tory. I saw that absolutely clearly in the coalition negotiations because they
were deficit nutters. I think that in the end I don’t see that there’s much of a
future in one party for Clegg and those other people. But I am certainly
encouraging the rumours.
I wonder what the motivation was of the Labour insider who leaked it. Charlie Whelan is rumoured to be the middle man here. Go figure.