Andrew MacKay to step down at next general election
In an age of gender equality, it is difficult now to see how Julie Kirkbride can survive.
Mr MacKay's statement read:
Following a conversation with David Cameron this morning I have decided to step down as candidate for Bracknell at the next general election. I believe I could be a distraction at a time when he is working to get elected as prime minister with the good working majority necessary to take the tough decisions to turn this country around. I hope my decision to step down goes some way to showing my constituents how sorry I am about my own situation. I would never forgive myself if my candidature distracted voters from the key issues and particularly David's rousing call for change. It has been both a privilege and huge fun to represent the people of Bracknell for 26 years. I understand why people are angry. I hope my decision to step down goes some way to showing my constituents how sorry I am about my own situation.
How sorry he is about his own situation?
What contrition it is which maintains an egocentric obsession with one's own plight! Where is the humility or the thought of others? One wonders about the situation of the impoverished taxpayer, which is not ameliorated by this decision one bit. Does he not even now give a thought to the situation of his deceived constituents? Or to the situation of his loyal and trusting local members? After all, £300,000 isn't a bad scam. And by stepping down down now, he avoids having to repay a penny.
The Conservative Party needs honest men and women; good people, noble and true. Cranmer agrees with the Archbishop of Canterbury that the mantra 'no rules were broken', deployed by many MPs and by Andrew MacKay up to the last, is a mentality which represents a 'basic problem' in contemporary moral thinking. While the departure of Mr MacKay is the very fulfilment of Enoch Powell's maxim that all political careers end in failure, it has to be observed that this particular failure is a deeply personal one, the fount of which was Andrew MacKay's own arrogance, deceit, duplicity, and his disgraceful delusional belief in his own omnipotent infallibility.
One hopes there is not the remotest possibility of Lord MacKay of Bracknell...