No sooner is a leadership election announced that people start trying to smear candidates or put false labels on to people in order to confuse the situation.
The first signs of this are Iain Dale, who is claiming that Charles Kennedy is the only person who can save the Lib Dems. Iain knows as well as I do that many Tories are fearful of the damage that Nick Clegg could have on them. This is just a case of Iain trying to be political rather than objective, in my opinion.
Then we have Lib Dems, apparently concerned about integrity in the party who feel it necessary to show their integrity by criticising potential candidates and accusing them of not being very liberal.
The one thing we Lib Dems all need to do now is pull together, be mindful of stories from people in other political parties but not accept them as being in our best interests, but avoid at all costs slagging off a future leader. Let all the candidates make their cases and then get behind whoever wins. We need to give our new leader the very best chance possible to set out their stall.