The Guardian/ICM poll yesterday showed that Charlie Kennedy, long regarded as one of the key selling points of the Liberal Democrats, is now becoming a liability. Over half of those polled thought a new leader for the Liberal Democrats would be a good idea and his approval ratings with his own party members are worse than those of the other leaders. Tony, Gordon and Dishy Dave all score in the low 80s on approval rating, while Chuckles only scrapes 76%. Similarly, his dissatisfaction rate is also higher than the others. Even LD voters themselves are split almost 50/50 on whether a new leader makes sense.
Following hard on the heels of Ravey Davey Cameron's appeal to Liberal Democrats to come home to the Tory party, there's another website to tempt the disaffected Liberal Democrat - hat tip to Bob Piper. Go on, sign the petition to persuade Chuckles to do the decent thing.
The only question remaining about Charles' future is when he goes - before or after May 2006? My money's on before.