Thursday, October 18, 2007

Other possible Lib Dem leadership candidates

It seems that you have to have gone to Westminster School if you want to lead the Liberal Democrats. So let's try a different approach.

Wikipedia has a list of the school's former pupils. Therefore other possible candidates include:
  • Louis Theroux
  • Ruth Kelly
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Imogen Stubbs
  • Nigella Lawson
  • Shane McGowan
  • Nigel Planer
  • Martin Amis
  • Tony Benn
  • Flanders & Swann
  • Kim Philby
  • John Gielgud
  • A.A. Milne
  • Sir Charles Dilke
  • Lord John Russell
  • Henry Purcell
  • John Locke
Now that's what I call a short-list!


Anonymous said...

Plus, as I mentioned at Liberal Drinks the other night, a contemporary of Gideon Osbourne: Jamie Bamber off of the new Battlestar Galactica.

Jonathan Calder said...

I am afraid that Bamber and George Osborne went to St Paul's School. Therefore they could not lead the Liberal Democrats.

Anonymous said...

However, if media thought that Ming was too old, what would they think about John Locke or Henry Purcell?

Paul Walter said...

If Charlie won't stand then surely the next best thing would be Mr Shane McGowan! (He was chucked out at 14 apparently) I imagine he would be particularly good at reading the autocue at party conferences.

Jock Coats said...

Who cares how old he would be. John Locke's the closest thing to a liberal we've been offered yet...:)

Anonymous said...

Of course, got my public schools muddled. I have a cold.

Tristan said...

I suppose Helena Bonham Carter has the heritage...

Lloyd-George fans wouldn't like it though - the Asquith family back ;)

Tom Barney said...

The late Michael Robbins (author of "Middlesex" (1953, reprinted 2003), co-author of the official history of London Transport and friend - at Westminster and later - of Jack Simmons, sometime professor of history at Leicester)? Well he says more sensible things, in "Middlesex", about local government than the party sometimes has in recent years.

Paul Linford said...

I quite liked Charles Kennedy's suggestion that Peter Hain should cross the floor of the House and stand.