Charles Kennedy loves Westminster – of that there can be little doubt. A consummate debater since his days at Glasgow University, the Rt Hon Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber has been a regular fixture in the House (and the various other parliamentary facilities) since standing down as leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2006.
However Mr. Kennedy has recently been conspicuous by his absence. Last week Charlie failed to appear to back the inclusion of Trident, missed another vote on the government’s deficit reduction plan, and last night failed to turn up to support the Government’s proposed VAT rise.
Charlie has reportedly remarked to a Labour MP:
“I don’t want to vote for these bastards.”
So far, at least, he hasn’t very much.