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.