Monday, February 06, 2006

Frank Hadden – my choice for Lib Dem leader

Apologies to the doughty band of regular readers for the lack of posts in recent days. I had intended to spend last evening updating the blog to take my mind off what I expected to have been a heavy Scottish defeat at the hands of France in the Six Nations Championship. Instead Scotland gave the performance of their lives against the mighty French and gained a famous victory, so I was too busy celebrating to blog.

Scottish rugby has been through a tough time lately – a lot of internal bickering led to a loss of confidence and the dramatic ousting of the former national coach. The team appeared to have missed an opportunity to compete on the same terms as bigger and stronger rivals. Competition against a revived and rejuvenated team in blue (France) threatened to spell disaster.

However, the new coach Frank Hadden united the players behind him, encouraged them to be bold, to play with confidence and take the fight to the opposition with gloriously successful results. It strikes me he is just the man to lead the Liberal Democrats. He is a Scot, like many former Liberal leaders, and a former schoolteacher – a profession much worshipped by Lib Dem activists. He has a nice, wry, self-deprecating sense of humour. I have no idea of his political views and it might be quite tricky to find a by-election in a safe seat but Hadden's the man.

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