Damning him with very feint praise there!
That depends. If I said he's only just betterer - that would be very feint praise. Or he could be a million times betterer, in which case there would be a fair amount of praise.
That wasn't the issue though, as my point was that he won't act in a manner that will get him vilified, like the complaint I was responding to regarding KP's thread. Context.