Ok now comes the difficult bit. For reasons which I have already documented here Ming Campbell has now become my third choice which at least makes life a little easier. The difficult bit is weighing up the pros and the cons of the two remaining contenders for my first preference.
So here is a brief resume of my list of pros and cons so far
The most passionate and inspiring speaker who communicates a positive Lib Dem vision
Bigger constituency majority.
Experience in parliament.
Deeper understanding over a broad range of subjects.
Energy and enthusiasm.
Not the most coherent when arguing policy detail (seems too long winded and unfocussed).
His manner can appear a little disordered.
Lack of time keeping.
Setting unrealistic targets e.g. 100,000 members whilst president (and possibly not following through on them).
Judgement e.g. the long equivocation over his sexuality and inability to make a clear stand on being bisexual and not gay (e.g. on Question Time). Also his inability to understand that (at present) the vast majority of the general public do not differentiate between gay and bisexual.
Experience as an ecomomist, journalist and MEP.
Great on Taxation and Economy.
Good on policy generally.
Has created a credible campaign seemingly from nowhere.
Lack of experience as an MP.
Small majority (maybe his profile as leader will help but it will also make him a target).
Came across as weaker in non areas other than the economy.
Lacks passion and charisma in presenting his case.
So what does everyone else think? Are there other strong arguments for or against Simon or Chris that I ought to weigh in the balance before casting my vote?
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