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Cartoon: Andrew Mitchell resigns as Chief Whip

 

Cartoon: Andrew Mitchell resigns from George Osborne's train © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

© Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has finally resigned after the Plebgate or Gatgate row in which he unwisely became embroiled in a public dispute with the Police and its trade union, or ‘Federation’. His resignation at 6.30pm on a Friday might have been cynically timed to catch most journalists in the pub (I know I was) but it also arrived on top of an embarrassing missing ticket adventure for the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a Virgin Train from Wilmslow to London Euston.

It all added up to an afternoon where government of the country felt entirely at the mercy of events. In the old phrase, in office but perhaps not really in power.