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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 noisy battle bus.

But Kennedy is not the only leader in the line of fire. The Telegraph says on its front page that Tony Blair could be on his way out.

In “Lame duck (cont.)”, the Telegraph says that Blair faces his most serious backbench revolt to date when his MPs urge him to rethink the Government’s policy on education.

The paper says that senior backbenchers, like Lady Morris, the former education secretary, John Denham, the former home office minister, and Nick Raysnford, the former local government minister, have written an alternative White Paper.

This document seeks to prevent schools from introducing selection based on ability and demands that plans to allow schools to become self-governing trusts are postponed.

This doesn’t sound like good news for Tony. The honeymoon was over long ago. It may be time to renew his vows. But the danger is that “education, education, education” will sound like an empty promise…’

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