'Kostya hardly left his bedroom any more. When he sat down in front of the television, unshaven, in his dressing gown, he did nothing but rant about 'weaklings', 'thieves', and 'enemies of the state', and insist that this country needed an iron hand to get back on its feet. Some days, he drank wine straight after breakfast.'
If true, this will not be Eastleigh MKII for the LibDems.
I remember canvassing hard in the original by-election. Still have Channel 4's "A Week In Politics" on vid, with the report following the result. David Owen gushing how Hancock typified his "tough but tender" soundbite.