Millions of words will be written about the sad loss of Charles Kennedy today and I’m not sure anything I write can really add to what will be said today by better people than myself, better writers than myself.
Charles Kennedy took the Liberal Democrats to the very brink of a major breakthrough in UK politics. As leader of the party he made the party electable, he might even have made them one of a big three, who knows but I think and hope that he will be remembered for the right reasons.
I remember thinking at the time he stood down as leader of the Liberal Democrats that he had been stabbed in the back by lesser people, a big part of me still believes that to be honest. He deserved better. I did not agree with his views during the referendum for Scottish Independence and in many ways how he conducted his part of that campaign but I do think that he was one of the very few decent MPs in Westminster. At a time when politicians, in the main, are professional politicians and far removed from the voters and reality Charles Kennedy was not one of them.
Now some unionists today have been tweeting that it’s the SNPs fault that might have led to today’s sad news. Don’t be stupid and don’t disrespect him in that way, he deserves better. He was an honest politician, I think he was a decent man in an indecent Westminster, and I do believe that we have all lost someone worthy of our respect today.
I can’t think of many in politics that I can honestly say I liked and respected most of the time but I did Charles Kennedy.