John Mortimer had a piece in The Observer
this weekend bemoaning ageism
in our politics and contrasting the treatment of the 66 year old Ming Campbell with that of the 71 year old John McCain. But the issue is not one of age but attitude. In outlook, McCain is anything but old—indeed, he is actually the most modern candidate in the race on either side. No other candidate in this campaign cycle has thought more creatively
or more deeply about the two great new political challenges of the 21st century: how to combat Islamic extremism and the need to find growth-promoting, technological solutions to our environmental challenges.
By contrast, Ming Campbell didn’t seem to have had a new thought in years. His domestic policy prescriptions were still those of the radical ramblers. While this supposed foreign policy sage was still stuck in a 1990s mindset. In short, Campbell really was from another age.