I am old enough to remember John Sergeant as a formidable political editor who knew his subject intimately and shared his wisdom generously. Nick Hopkins of the Guardian thinks he will be remembered for performancesÂ only slightly less agile than his microphone handling on the day Lady ThatcherÂ failed to win the first round of the 1990Â Conservative leadership ballot.
Â According to Nick JS is anÂ icon who will attractÂ young people to journalism like cheese draws mice to traps. He warns us to expectÂ a "Sergeant effect."Â Likely? I make no prediction, but I do suggest that copyingÂ Mr Sergeant's fondnessÂ forÂ newspapersÂ (apparently he's been criticised for reading them on the set of Strictly Come Prancing) will help budding reporters a lot more than emulating his cha-cha-cha. Â Â