Any week in which the king of Spain and Jeremy Paxman both abdicate is one to remember. But there's no doubt who left amid the biggest slurp of unctuous adulation. Juan Carlos may have saved a nation for democracy; Jp departed describing the next contender for democratic leadership as "as popular as a flatulent dog in a lift". Oh! how we were all supposed to chortle, and wipe a tear from the eye.
In fact, there was a sinking feeling once the japes of his final show the tandem trip with Boris, the guest gag with Michael Howard, the signoff weather forecast took hold. Have I got old Newsnight for you? Or rather, Grumpy Old Men 2, with Paxman in the Walter Matthau role. Was this weary, sardonic smiler, seen earlier trading coy