The man did at least have the decency to go with a bit of grace though.
I have had tremendous support from my local party, my family and friends but have concluded that it is time to step down. I stand by what I have said in relation to the report by the Commissioner of Standards and do not wish to add to those comments at this time. Since joining the Conservative Party nearly 40 years ago I have had the privilege of serving in public office since 1974 and have done so to the best of my ability.
I have advised the Chief Whip and the chairman of my local Conservative Association that I shall not seek to continue as the Conservative Party Candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup at the next election. Though not an original supporter of David Cameron for the leadership of my party, I believe that he has shown he has both the ability and the character to be Prime Minister of our country and I do not wish my personal circumstances to be a distraction in any way from the real issues that have to be addressed.
No bitching and whining, no backstabbing or skeleton rattling (as yet, anyway), for which he wins a bit of kudos from me. It doesn't alter the fact that his is a thieving, fraudulent bastard though. But Iain Dale thinks that the spectacle has been unedifying (whereas I, you see, find it highly amusing).
The last forty hours have not shown the Conservative Party in its best light. The baying mob is something I hope not to see again for a very long time. Whatever Derek did or did not do he did not deserve some of the comments that have been thrown his way.
Conway was in a position of trust and he quite deliberately defrauded the taxpayer.
What was it that people were saying about Hain?—"No ifs, no buts", wasn't it? As far as I am concerned, Conway deserves precisely the same comments as any other thief would get from me: whether Labour, LibDem, Tory or ordinary scrote.
I also liked HF's comment at Iain's place.
The baying mob could have been avoided if Conway had had the sense to have announced all this when the report came out.
Of course, Conway wouldn't have needed to announce anything if he had not quite deliberately decided to steal money from the taxpayer so there would have been no baying mob.
Unfortunately, Conway decided to spend other people's money so that he and his family could afford an affluent lifestyle beyond the wildest dreams of most people: fundamentally, the decision that he made when he decided to purloin that cash was what brought out the baying mob.
In his Heffer Confronted video, Iain attempts to justify his friend's actions by using the "administrative errors" defence. Let us assume that this is, in fact, the case; that he was not actively dishonest. Well, that won't cut it, I'm afraid: he is being totally cavalier with our fucking money and so should not be allowed anywhere near it.
Either way, he is theoretically unfit to be a representative of the people; in practice, of course, he fits right in with the rest of the crooks in the Commons.
Last night, I happened to be watching some stuff on the BBC's iPlayer, and happened to catch The Late Edition, in which Marcus Brigstocke absolutely lambasts Conway. I have reproduced the relevent bits below. Do watch it: it's like Brigstocke has been channelling the poor, little Greek boy.