I have had the dubious honour of meeting quite a lot of politicians. Some I like. Most are interesting. I have met two MPs who have served as Speaker in the House of Commons. With public figures I think it fair to make judgements on brief acquaintance. In fact with each of these two I had relatively leisurely encounters. Betty Boothroyd was diminutive, engaging, charming. John Bercow was merely diminutive. He is now shrinking the Speaker's role to match his own shadow. His judgement in marriage seems equally dubious - please see Sally Bercow . Oh deary, deary me. Move over Harman and Cable. Out of the way Lord Prescott. We have a new winner.
Once upon a time there was a lawyer called David who did nicely out of the law for twenty years before it chewed him up and spat him out. He retired and went back to university which was lovely. Then there was a lawyer called David again. Part-time. This time it lasted three years before he and the law parted by mutual consent. Now he styles himself an independent academic - which is code for retired/unemployable.