There are plenty of people outside the party who are having a pop at Ming; some, Bill, wittingly or otherwise, do so from within the party," he said. Specifically mentioning Lord (Bill) Rodgers, one of the party's "grand old men" who had expressed disappointment in Sir Menzies' stewardship, he warned against "doing the spadework of our opponents"In May 2006 Kevin Maguire of the Mirror overheard a Liberal Democrat MP talking to a journalist and describing Ming as
'hesitant and disorganised, commits avoidable errors and lacks momentum'
Could these two MPs be one and the same? Possibly.