The commentators 03-06-15
...on Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy was great company, sober or drinking. He had a fine political mind and a real commitment to public service. He was not bitter about his ousting as leader and nor, though he disagreed often with what his party did in coalition with the Tories, did he ever wander down the rent-a-quote oppositionitis route. He was a man of real talent and real principle.
- Alastair Campbell, The Independent
It’s easy to forget, now that the world and his dog insists they always knew Iraq didn’t have WMD, what courage it took to come out against the war in 2003 when public opinion was oddly less clear-cut. Kennedy did it in the teeth of opposition from some very senior colleagues who felt he should, at the very least, sit on the fence; who sniped behind his back about whether joining stop-the-war marches was statesmanlike. He did it knowing that if the invasion turned out to be the easy success many predicted, his reputation might not recover - Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian
Kennedy could always see a scene, even when he was at its centre, from the outside. He would be chuckling now as old foes on auto-tribute feign shock at his passing. It’s raining treacle in a kind of Twitter-downpour, and all feel obliged to add their dollop. Fellow-parliamentarian Liz Kendall tweets that she “met him on Question Time”.
Well, I met him in the Commons more than 30 years ago, and now he’s dead will stick to saying what I said when he was alive: that he was a clever, good-natured man who never quite created a hard-edged political creed — perhaps because, in the words of one of Dr Johnson’s friends, “cheerfulness was always breaking in”.
- Matthew Parris, The Times
Charles Kennedy never achieved high office. But he did command a significant and important place for many years on the British political stage. He will be remembered with fondness and affection across the political spectrum. However, there will always be the sad, lingering question of “what might have been?”
- Mark Littlewood, Daily Telegraph
This wasn't a story about journalists and celebs whose misfortunes no one really cares about, it was about a landmark ruling on privacy, about the comeuppance of an organisation that had repeatedly denied that it had anything to do with phone-hacking until it was dragged, kicking and screaming, into court.
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