Charlie Kennedy's hilarious confession of alcoholism, yesterday, which surprised nobody, once again pointed out the flawed nature of those who would seek to control us, i.e. politicians. Alcoholism is a terrible condition, and I am full of admiration for most of those who manage to battle it successfully. But when they are liars who want to steal my property and tell me how I should live my life, they can sink into the misery of their own making.
Charles Kennedy looks like he will be staying on as leader of the Liberal Democrats, the smallest of the three social democrat parties controlling this country. It seems Mark Oaten, leader of the classical liberal-lite Orange Book group, is spurning the chance to bring back the ideas of Gladstone to the former Liberal party. This is a shame. It would have been fun to watch him sink under the sandals of the hippy brigrade in his party, who dream of a land of 95% taxation, with no cars, and everybody forced at gunpoint to become gay vegetarians.
As Charles Kennedy is now publicly a liar, a drunk, and a feeble grasper of power, I think his continuing leadership is a good thing. It gives everyone else a really fine political role model to point at. My commiserations to his family.