So Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor are retiring from politics before they are retired. Says it all really. It has been beautiful in its ugliness – exactly as Oakeshott predicted. What I find most interesting is that he expected something different – a return to gentleman politics of the 19th century perhaps where ideas and ideals were debated in the drawing room over glasses of port, or something.
So one part of me thinks that he should have the decency to run again and face the music, while another part of me thinks he should run away and stop wasting everyone’s time. It could be more mundane, running for office costs money and who would finance either Oakeshott or Windsor now?
Just to remind ourselves – if you can bear it.