I had the deep misfortune to watch Sir Ming's speech. It was a dull but worthy effort, and rather overshadowed by Charlie's contribution earlier in the week. If Sir Ming had asked my advice on what he should have done, I would have told him not to have given Kennedy stage-room and to have stuck to serious policy issues in his speech. Sir Ming always had a certain gravitas as Foreign Affairs Spokesman, but always sounds out of his depth when he moves into knock-about stuff.
Most bizarre was his attack on Cameron. He seemed to have far more venom saved up for the Tory Leader than even for the government. With Labour in their current disarray, you might have thought that Sir Ming might have had enough of a barn door to hit. So why bother with Dave?
Is it because Sir Ming realises that it is Cameron, not Blair/Brown/Reid/Benn/Johnson, who holds the key to his electoral fortune? If Cameron does well, then no matter how many gains the LibDems make from Labour, then the party will move backwards (because they are far more Con/LD seats than LD/Lab ones).
But I fear it doesn't matter what Sir Ming says or does ... it is clear that of all the party leaders, it is Cameron who's the winner.