+++ Andrew Mitchell quits as Chief Whip over ‘Plebgate’

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2012

Breaking news this Friday evening:

Andrew Mitchell has quit as government chief whip after criticism for making rude remarks to police officers at the gates of Downing Street. Mr Mitchell apologised for his conduct but denied using the word “pleb” in exchanges last month. … The Prime Minister has accepted his resignation.

Maybe he’d have fared better with a more frank apology right from the start – I suggested some options here.

And in worse news for the Tories, George Osborne had become embroiled in a row about whether an aide refused to pay for a ticket upgrade when travelling in a first class carriage:

George Osborne has been forced to pay for an upgrade after sitting in a first class train carriage with a standard class ticket. An aide to Mr Osborne initially refused to pay the £160 supplement and said the chancellor did not want to move into standard class, Virgin Trains said.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.