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Saturday, January 21, 2006
Not exactly the sort of press coverage we wanted
by Peter

I don't think I have ever linked to the News of the World before, and if it is all the same to you, I hope not to have to do so again. But here it is.

It really is astounding that Mark Oaten should have stood for the leadership knowing that any story like this might break.

He has done the right thing in standing down immediately. I do not believe this is the end of his career - this is his private life, after all. But he must need a break from the frontline for a while.

Stephen Tall puts things very well on his blog.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 9:51 pm  
2 Comments:
  • At 22 January, 2006 03:56, Blogger Paul Leake said…

    Peter,

    It isn't just his private life though - Oaten was a public spokesman for the Lib Dems on prostitution. The Lib Dems are the only party in parliament talking sense on an issue that affects a great many vulnerable people. This has blown the LDs chance to make that difference now.
    see http://paulleake.org.uk/?p=102

     
  • At 22 January, 2006 14:31, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There were three in the bed and the little one said:

    "Tough Liberalism!"

     
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