Tuesday, December 13, 2005

BBC changes Kennedy story

Earlier this evening I quoted from and linked to a BBC story which told how Charles Kennedy had used today's shadow cabinet meeting to reassert his authority.

Click on the link to that story now and it reads very differently:

Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has faced calls from senior MPs for him to improve his performance or stand down.

Mr Kennedy was confronted at a meeting of the what the party calls its "shadow cabinet" on Tuesday.

BBC News political editor Nick Robinson said a number of the most senior Lib Dem MPs had lined up at the meeting to confront their leader.

Mr Kennedy countered by telling them that he intended to stay on and if they were not happy they should resign.

Both his critics and his backers later agreed that Charles Kennedy had seen off an attempted mutiny, but that he was now "on probation".

But some believe it could mark the beginning of the end of his leadership.

I suspect this means that the Kennedy loyalists got to the press first. Which account of the meeting is more accurate is hard to judge from a distance.

Interestingly, on the BBC News this evening Nick Robinson was talking up Ming Campbell as an alternative candidate for the leadership. We live in interesting times.

1 comment:

The Antagonist said...

Nice spot, sir. Looks like the BBC is up to its old tricks again.

That said, the Kennedy amendment ranks as a rather less severe example of the BBC's surreptitious editorial skills than their recent endeavours to remove from their web site the all-important information about precisely which train from Luton the alleged suicide bombers caught on 7 July.

The officially and independently confirmed facts about the movements of the trains on 7 July are now in the public domain and are at very great odds with the generally accepted 'official' story of events.

Full story here: London 7/7: How to Be Good - Part 1