Although I noted that Campbell’s resignation meant not many lobby journalists trekked up to Finsbury to hear Cameron speak about poverty this morning, the general level of interest in his surprise decision has been pitifully low.
It’s often not been the main story on the news bulletins and this morning’s papers weren’t exactly packed full of analysis and features. This surely reflects a lack of interest in the Liberal Democrats as much as Campbell’s low personal profile.
Campbell gave his first verbal statements to the broadcast journalists this afternoon. Speaking to Nick Robinson he said that:
- He gave sixty interviews at conference and has made policy speeches on
things like council tax, but the media were only interested in the
state of his leadership and some were obsessed with looking for
anti-Lib Dem stories.
- Several consecutive reports in the press about his age and leadership led him to the conclusion that it would be continually difficult to stay on.
- Now that Brown has called off the election he feels able to do so, and can give a new leader enough time to bed in.
- The Party isn’t unleadable, it didn’t get rid of him although some colleagues could have been more helpful in public.
- He will stay in Parliament and stand at the next election.
- He will finish writing his memoirs and didn’t rule out taking up a role in Brown’s government if offered
It’s amazing that this was the first time he’s spoken about it, if it really was all jump and no push you would have thought he’d have taken more than an afternoon to prepare himself for the announcement.