Friday 20 December 2013 9.53am
Perhaps one of the most important resignations, and one of honour, was Geoffrey Howe's on 1st November 1990. As a backbencher without the cabinet his "cricket bat" resignation speech was the trigger that brought about the downfall of Thatcher.
And I am forever grateful for what the man achieved outside office rather than take the dishonourable course of staying inside "because you can influence matters rather than make a fruitless stand outside".
Fruitless? I think not.
had 18 months or so to redeem himself in the eyes of the electorate but has chosen to take the badge of office and the pecuniary rewards that go with it.
Methinks this is the beginning of his resignation as an MP at the end of this Parliament or as we common folk say "It's time to cop it and hop it".