Fourteen Years Ago..
David Mellor was in the cabinet as Secretary of State for National Heritage (now known as Culture, Media, and Sport). Shortly after his appointment there was media coverage of an affair with an actress, Antonia de Sancha.
Mellor denied this, his parents-in-law were a bit, well, unhappy. So Mellor arranged a photo call with the in-laws outside their home in order to play happy families. Then there was some vague, but disconcerting PLO connection involving some freebie holiday.
At the time, many of us in opposition were calling for him to go and I wondered why, when he was being difficult and arrogant, when the Conservative Party was undergoing a relentless barrage of criticism to the point where to keep Mellor on would harm them, Major did not invite him for a chat at No 10 which would end in Mellor's dismissal?
You see, if I were around then, at the age I am now, and(difficult to imagine but there you go) a member of the Conservative Party. I would have wanted Mellor sacked and a radical renewal to take place within the Party, so that it could face the next election, confident, united, determined, and with the same clarity and freshness as it was a decade and a half before, so that another term of office might be achieved. Especially if the continued presence of a disgraced minister facing continued damaging attacks, would, sentimentality aside, cause problems for the Party.