Good, eh? Mr Ballmer, the man who took over from Bill Gates at the helm of the least fashionable technology company in the world, ever, announced his departure from Microsoft at the weekend. Almost immediately the share price soared and with tech nous like that, well, you can sort of see why.
“And?” you may be thinking. “What of it? We don’t come to this column for business analysis. We come for cheap gags about things like the weird hairlessness of David Cameron, as seen on a Cornwall beach! Followed by wide-eyed musings about the human condition! What’s got into you, Rifkind?” To which, all I can say is: bear with me. For, while I fear this column will, indeed, be low on references to the weird hairlessness of David Cameron (unless one fortuitously occurs to me before I get to the end) it is very much to be a wide-eyed musing on the human condition.