It was wonderful for Ming to get a decent period of exposure on Newsnight last night.
I thought he made his points with real passion, conviction and eloquence.
He answered the questions from the audience very fully. At the end you could see many of them nodding in agreement with him.
In particular, I thought he brilliantly put forward the party's position on tax and the environment.
It was clear from the piece that Ming is a man of substance and passion.
Rob Fenwick has assessed Ming's performance. He says:
"But ultimately Ming ducked the crucial question that two audience members alluded to - the Liberal Democrats may have a popular message, but the public aren’t at all sure about the messenger."
Do give Ming a chance, Rob. How did the audience get the message that "the Liberal Democrats may have a popular message" if not from the messenger? He came across as passionate and serious (as you concede). How on earth does he answer the question about the "messenger"?
He has three options on what to say:
1. "Yes, I am an old git but I get paid well" - The Self-Destruct option
2. "I am wonderful, my wife loves me and all my friends think I am a brilliant communicator, so yah booh sucks to you and let me read to you what the Telegraph said about me only two months ago, and I quote.......(snoring heard from man at back of audience)" - The Iain Dale option
3. Get on with it and answer the substantive questions about policy.
He took the third option.
Rob goes on breathlessly: "All eyes will be on Charles Kennedy. A natural party President, he used the role as a springboard to the leadership once before. Will he try it again?"
If he does, I hope he is well when he does so this time.