While I'm quite an admirer of former Labour Cabinet Minister Shirley Williams, the 66-year-old Liberal Democrat's take on the demise of Menzies Campbell is a tad naive.
"It is quite extraordinary to me," she said yesterday. "Churchill was far older than Menzies. Nobody complained about his age in those days, but they would now."
But can we really compare Ming to Churchill?
One was a bright lawyer and Olympic athlete from Glasgow, who built a fairly ordinary political career for himself. The other won the Second World War.
Shirley is the same age as Menzies, but would actually make a far more credible political leader. So dare I suggest that age doesn't have much to do with the price of tomatoes?