A senior member of David Cameron's team is to become the first Conservative MP to enter into a civil partnership.
Alan Duncan, the shadow business secretary, will make political history with his announcement in The Daily Telegraph today.
Mr Duncan, 50, an MP since 1992, will be the first member of the Cabinet or shadow cabinet to have entered into a legal partnership with a same-sex partner.
Iain Dale, naturally, offers his congratulations, but I fear that your humble Devil is more cynical than Master Dale.
I'm delighted for them. When Alan was speaking for the Conservatives on the civil partnership legislation in 2004 he probably never thought he would be a beneficiary of it.
I'm sure he didn't. Absolutely sure. It never crossed his mind. At all. Understand?
By the way, can anyone remind me why the fuck the government should be involved in any private contract between two consenting adults...?