Time and again, the National Party has moved swiftly to depose disgraced Parliamentarians whilst their Westminster counterparts cling on.
One of the few positive things to come out of the appalling affair is the way it revealed the British people are far from the anti-immigrant caricature some paint of them.
“I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that a protracted media debate on my private life would not serve the wider interests of the Conservative cause in East Anglia.”
Any controversy requires the Government to dash, pell-mell, ahead of it – so mistakes are made.
The Home Secretary’s statement to the Commons assuaged those who were demanding more from the Government. Questions remain, however.
Nick Clegg’s original proposals were a sham – a new Recall Bill must give true power to the people.