He did rather spin it out, even unto the very last possible moment. It would have been much cleaner if he'd simply made the break last weekend.
Then there were the interviews of yesterday afternoon, with Boulton of Sky, Dirty Nick of the BBC and Snow of Channel 4, obviously recorded before and embargoed until the 5pm announcement.
And he was not that good as a politician: getting caught with bananas, failing to strike against Gordon Brown, becoming mixed up in torture claims, dithering about the big job in Europe. And, importantly, blowing his eventual chance to win the leadership.
I doubt if he'll be missed.