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Friday, July 06, 2007

Lib Dem Kennedy - Do as I say, not as I do

Charles Kennedy was caught flouting the smoking ban aboard a train from Paddington to Plymouth this morning. According to the BBC, the Lib Dem MP and former party leader was "refusing to stop" smoking, arguing that he was smoking out the window! Reputedly, there was a confrontation between the Scottish MP and the train staff, which resulted in the train manager calling the Transport Police, who were waiting for him at his destination. The incident was "resolved informally." I assume that the police will be doing their duty and reporting his actions to the smoke enforcement officer of the local council, so that they can issue a fine.

This could have been upheld as proof that the Lib Dems really are the true libertarian party, but for one minor detail. The excellent Public Whip website shows that Charles Kennedy is "77.3% in favour of a smoking ban", having voted in favour of all additional restrictions when he was present to vote.

Kennedy has previously vowed to quit smoking. He was ousted as leader of the Lib Dems after finally coming clean about his long-denied drinking problem. It is not clear whether Kennedy had been drinking prior to this morning's incident.


Anonymous said...

yet again you do not promote conservative policies, maybe it is because you do not have any?

and also yet again obsessed with lib dems, how sad and repetative,

try and promoting your own party, because having a go at other parties do not make your parties better, they are not connected in a paranormal way!

Dan Hassett said...

If only there weren't so many examples of Lib Dem hypocrisy.

Anonymous said...

got to admit dan u just proved that guy's poinr

Dan Hassett said...

Why is it that those who criticise are almost invariably anonymous?!