So farewell, then, Derek Conway. You will not be missed. But his departure is no thanks to BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Tory MP Roger Gale was put in to bat for Conway yesterday morning and Caroline Quinn (or was it Sarah Montague -- it's quite hard to tell the difference) was such a soft touch that listeners could be forgiven for thinking that Conway had some right on his side. Gale, a thoroughly unpleasant and bitter man, steam-rolled over her and Quinn/Montague was too poorly briefed to deal with him. It needed somebody equally unpleasant and solipsistic to deal with Gale -- where was John Humphries when he was needed?