BBC News has a report headlined:
Alistair Carmichael rules out Lib Dem leadership bid
But when you read Alistair's quote below it, you can detect a little wriggle room if you want to:
"I have got a family that still includes school age children. And the commitment that it takes to be party leader in modern politics is enormous.
"My family already miss out on a lot just by virtue of the fact that I'm an MP and I'm a minister and I'm away from home every week .
"At least I feel that they miss out on a lot, they might feel differently."So perhaps there was something in Lord Bonkers' tip after all?