Just watching the 'listen again' for Newsnight and in particular am watching the Michael Howard interview (about 12 mins into the latest programme). Paraphrasing: Paxman: 'You've come to Cornwall and not met anyone' Howard: 'I have' Paxman: 'Those people outside are party activists who have been told to hold a blue balloon' Howard: 'I've met some policemen, I don't think they have a party affiliation'.
Voxpops: Q. What do you think of Michael Howard? A. Who?
Q. What do you think of Michael Howard? A. A poor second to Boris.
Q. What do you think of Michael Howard? A. Dull, dull, dull....
To be fair, at least he is talking to the media in interviews, unlike Blair who only seems to use press conferences.