Farron - no doubt with the backing of his party's leadership - has firmly rejected that plea from Red, in a statement affirming the value of the Lib Dems in coalition and the positive results that has brought. I cannot argue with that, nor with the killer line:
"Continuing that work is something far more attractive to Liberal Democrats than helping Ed Miliband's increasingly desperate attempts to work out what he actually stands for."Those two words "increasingly desperate" do seem to sum up Ed-M's personal situation as he has made little impact (though at least there has been some) and the Labour party - despite recent voting intention polls - looks to be heading in the same general direction, if one reads what is happening with any degree of intelligence.
Political Betting also cover the statement (and also reproduce it in full, so there's no real point in my doing so here as well), posing the question "has Tim Farron become the [Liberal Democrat] party's attack dog?" It is a good question; and if true would certainly help to justify their choosing him as their new president. He is certainly pitching his party's current public stance far away from Labour. That might not last more than a few years, of course, but at least for now it is a clear distancing from the Reds.
I think he looks be an interesting player, and is definitely worth watching!
Meanwhile, 'Red' is in need of friends, as Benedict Brogan shows very clearly. He isn't going anywhere without them; but whether his latest appointment will help him win any remains to be seen, and doesn't seem all that hopeful!