It seems traditional on the Sunday morning BBC1 programme for the most difficult question to be lobbed in casually at the end of the interview. David Frost used to be a master of the apparently casual aside at the end, designed to catch a politician off-guard. Andrew Marr's final point drew an excellent response from Ming:
ANDREW MARR: It feels a little bit like they're coming at you from both sides at the moment though because you know, you have got a new Prime Minister and you've got a Conservative Party which is quite clearly moving into the centre and you've got the (Liberal) Democrat party struggling in the middle.
MING CAMPBELL: Yes, with 20% of the poll. Only a fraction less than we got in the last General Election and these local government elections we got 26% of the poll, 4% more than we got in the General Election and why are they coming after us?
Because they know we're now in an era of solid third party politics. That's why they're coming after us. It's a recognition of our importance that they are coming after us in the way that they are.The full transcript of the interview is here. www.corruptionisacrime.com