October 17th, 2007

macedonia

Macedonia in mourning

Today is an official day of mourning in Macedonia: their great singer Toše Proeski was killed in a car accident in Croatia yesterday. I saw him perform at a Macedonian cultural/diplomatic event in 2005, an event I described here; he was very good, and everyone I talked to from Macedonia has taken his death very hard. He was only 26.
Lib Dem, libdem

Lib Dem Leadership: The (Facebook) scores on the doors

These are the current levels of support for the likely Lib Dem candidates on Facebook.

Nick Clegg for Lib Dem Leader: 299
The Nick Clegg Appreciation Society: 97.
Nick Clegg is more of a hottie than David Cameron any day: 24.
Nick Clegg for Lib Dem Leader [duplicate title]: 2.

Chris Huhne This Time: 125.
Im [sic] Backing Chris Huhne for leader: 72.

Steve Webb for Lib Dem Leader: 97.
The Steve Webb Appreciation Society: 82.
Steve Webb for liberal leader: 9.

Charles Kennedy for Prime Minister: 79.
(A satirical group on the same lines): 15.
Bring Back Charles Kennedy: 2.

John Hemming for Lib Dem Leader: 12.
John Hemming for Lib Dem Leader!: 11.

Vince Cable deserves to be Prime Minister: 16.

Donald Kennedy for leader: 8.

NB the following important points:
  • Some of these groups may not be entirely serious.
  • Many people will be in more than one group (possibly even supporting more than one candidate).
  • As far as I can see, there are no declared groups supporting any of the other candidates whose names have been mentioned.
  • Charles Kennedy says it is "highly unlikely" that he will stand.
  • Vince Cable has ruled himself out.
  • Donald Kennedy, Charles Kennedy's two-year-old son, is not eligible.
It is interesting that a) the front-runner is already so clearly established, despite the fact that we are in very early days yet, and b) that Steve Webb is so close behind Chris Huhne for second place.

Myself, I haven't made my mind up yet. I voted for Huhne last time, but the two other likely serious candidates (Clegg and Webb, not Hemming) both seem to me to share his strengths, weaknesses and policy preferences. I'm willing to be educated, of course.