Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word

Well, she's gone. Or at least she's resigned from her Cabinet post; the good people of Basingstoke still have the dubious pleasure of being represented by Maria Miller, whether they like it or not (and some of them really don't - see these comments [H/T Wiggia at Nourishing Obscurity]).

It's quite understandable, given her message to them; there's more than a little ambivalence in 'I am devastated that this has happened...'

Now that there's less danger of becoming collateral damage, Peter Bottomley put his head above the parapet this morning to say in her defence that she had given an 'unreserved' apology.

Am I the only one thinking of this?

(Youtube link here)

Update: Mrs Miller receives Caedmon's Cat's signature treatment - well worth a visit!


  1. Is corruption on the increase or are we merely more aware of it?

  2. Good question, AKH; politicians have been enriching themselves at public expense since the job description first existed but, as Mrs Miller (and others) have shown, the system in Westminster seems expressly designed to allow MPs to profit substantially from house price inflation through subsidised mortgages as well as a host of other practices which, in the outside world, would be seen as morally dubious to say the least.

  3. Bring her back - it's no fun any more.