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Follow The Leader

by | 14th, December 2005

‘DAVID Cameron, the new broom from the old school, has given an injection of young blood into the aging Conservative body. And his arrival has prompted the country’s two other main parties to review their own leaders.

Which way out?

The Tories are enjoying Cameron’s honeymoon period. And the Liberal Democrats want some of the same.

As the Times reports on its front page (“Lib Dem revolt puts Kennedy on the brink”), Charles Kennedy is “fighting to save his leadership of the party”.

“Fears of Tory revival prompts showdown,” says the Guardian. The paper hears some senior Lib Dems describe Mr Kennedy’s position as ‘hanging by a thread’. ‘We must lance the boil,’ they say.

As political nicknames go, “The Boil” is not the nicest. It lacks the Priapic sexuality of Kennedy’s predecessor Paddy Ashdown’s “Pantsdown” or the menace of Dennis Skinner’s “Beast of Bolsover”.

For his part, the Times says Kennedy plans to fight his corner. He’s an angry boil. The paper says the LibDems want their leader “firing on all cylinders”. Although Kennedy’s approach has always been softly-spoken, more like an underpowered milk float than a

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