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Wednesday 9th January 2013 | 09:28
Jonathan Marland (who had his political death foretold in my blog last night) is set to formally announce he is stepping down from the Government today.
But what is it about January 9th that makes it the day for Tory ministerial resignations?
Is it all part of a post-Christmas ennui, a gaze at the New Years' Resolutions and dawning realisation that life has to change?
In Rochdale, as our football club's early season promise faded over the festive period, we used to say "the Dale always come down with the Christmas lights'.
Maybe ministerial comedowns are prompted by just the same kind of sinking feeling....
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