Surely a lifetime of eccentricity behind you gives you the confidence to stick to your principles. Be they admirable or totally whack. Surely it’s more important that everybody’s talking about your policies instead of the fact you appear to be sending your Spitting Image puppet to public engagements.
But I don’t want that. I am not asking for you to start wildly voting Monster Raving Loony party at every opportunity you get (my curiosity is not that morbid). I am asking us to lower the dial on our weird sensor. Having the eyebrows of Lord Lamont? Ok that’s weird. Appearing hesitant to marry, not weird. Having a nasal voice? Unfortunate, but not weird. Wanting to mow down all ethnic minorities? DANGEROUSLY WEIRD. We need to stop wrinkling our noses at a balding pate or annoying lisp and listen to what our politicians are actually saying. As Ed himself said, "It is about substance. It is absolutely about substance.”