Here, for instance, is Shirley Williams commenting on Ming's resignation today:
But what did she say when she was urging us to vote for him to be the next Lib Dem leader? Here she is writing in February 2006:
The original expectation was that there was going to be an election probably last month.
Gordon Brown had indicated that, Ming was prepared and ready to lead into that fray, but I think now that the election is not likely to be before 2009 or maybe even 2010, Ming feels that he ought not to be leading at that point and I think that's right.
I think he would find it quite hard to manage an election two years off and to maintain the kind of dreadful pace of elections nowadays.
As I say, make up your own mind.
I am writing to you to let you know why I am supporting Ming Campbell to become leader of our Party.
Liberal Democrats can celebrate the commitment, talent and hard work of our MPs and peers. These qualities will take us much further given time and experience. Ming Campbell is the leader we need to guide us through the challenging years ahead.