Apologies for the lack of posts this week. Things should be back to normal next week.
In the meantime, I regret that the worst man didn't win out in the Lib Dem leadership election, but I'm not discouraged. Apparently, it is 'not the end of Simon Hughes'. Moreover, while the worst man came third, the runner-up won, so to speak. Menzies Campbell showed a disconcertingly poor grasp of domestic policy during his campaign, notably with what was described as a "cringing performance at his first Prime Minister's Questions as interim leader". My opinion of Chris Huhne, gained initially from observing him in some rather arcane European debates on financial services directives, was once (until this campaign, in fact) quite high, and the consensus of opinion among fellow Lib Dem-bashers I have spoken to today suggests that he might have been a more plausible leader than Campbell, especially when contending with the youthful David Cameron.