Lembit Opik wants to be Mayor of London. No doubt Lembit wants to be a lot of things too - celebrity, gigolo, astronomer, stand up comedian and so on. But what he has conclusively proved over the last few years is that he is not a politician. Throwing away a seat that has been liberal for all but four of the last 140 years ought to be a salutory lesson, but it is clear from his actions since that he has learned nothing from his rejection by the good people of Montgomeryshire.
He's carried on as if it never happened (nor has he given any impression he has analysed the why). He has gone back to Lib Dem members (who massively rejected him in the 2008 party president election and another unheeded warning) in a vain quest to become their candidate for London Mayor - the biggest job of its kind in western Europe. It's also a job that fundamentally requires articulate and grown up candidates - even if they can at the edges show their less serious sides. As a result the regional party postponed the selection (in a bid to lure someone more electable to take up the challenge).
So far arm twisting of the usual suspects has resulted in no takers - and the party faces the prospect of a selection involving Lembit and a handful of (no doubt excellent) candidates who are unknown outside their boroughs (or even their wards). And in these circumstances Lembit might just win as the only candidate with any profile.
But there is one person I think who fits the bill - an articulate, serious politician, Londoner with an interesting back story and Liberal to their core. And he also has proved to have had the backbone for tough political fights.
Step forward Dominic Carman - Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor in 2012.
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