That's the title of a Daniel Finkelstein piece in the Times today. He cares. He used to be in the SDP.
Does a Finkelstein piece in the Times today net out to zero against a positive piece from D. Lawson in the Indie yesterday?
The more the Finkelsteins of this world go on about Ming, the more I think they're daft.
"He sounds and looks feeble and past it."
I don't think he does. Lawson put it very well in the Indie yesterday:
(Menzies) has never knowingly uttered a "soundbite". He thinks that spin is something that should be left to cricketers. If interviewed, he tries to answer the question rather than deliver pre-cooked clichés. When Sir Ming appears on public debating programmes such as Question Time or Any Questions – something the leaders of the two main parties regard as beneath them – he seldom fails to impress with the courtesy and thoughtfulness of his contributions. He is – right down to the dazzling shine on his lace-up shoes – a gent of the old school, something which once would have appealed to The Daily Telegraph (and may still do to its readers).
At least, I suppose that this sort of Finkelstein thing bodes well for the conference. The "Ming is on his last legs" story can then be nicely refuted by "Ming breathes and speaks - great success at conference" story.