The die is cast

Scanning Lib Dem Blogs today, it is pleasing that we now seem to have passed the point where we are all boring each other to death ‘bigging up’ our preferred leadership candidates – and found other stuff to talk about! This is largely due to NuLab pushing the self-destruct button once again over party funding. Vince Cable is clearly going to end up being talked about as a potentially great leader we never had. His performance over the last week has been heart-warming to say the least. I applauded his decision to boycott the visit of the Saudi king. PMQs have been worth watching again and the Stalin to Mr Bean transformation will live long in the memory.

Turning to the Huhne-Clegg battle, I cannot help being struck by how fortunate we are to have had such a close choice between two excellent candidates. Some of my fellow bloggers have devoted countless bytes to posts along the lines of ‘candidate a wiped the floor with candidate b’ or ‘it’s a clear choice’. I was half-waiting for ‘only [insert name of preferred candidate] can win here!’ I think ‘it’s a two horse race’ was used by someone.

Nonsense. It was a close fight between the two, and I for one have absolutely no idea who is going to win. I cast my ballot for Huhne – and I am satisfied that he is the man who edges it for me, but only by a few inches. For a more balanced and reasoned view I recommend this post by Cicero.

The sharp-eyed will have noticed that I have had the honour of being selected as the PPC for Wycombe. I look forward to the future with relish because whoever wins the contest will represent a bold step forward for this party – and I would be proud to serve either of them!

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