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Andrew Mitchell - Quick witted I think not

October 20, 2012 12:48 PM
By David Goodall
Andrew Mitchell MP

Andrew Mitchell: Quick witted I think not

At last Conservative Chief Whip the man suppose to instil discipline in the Tory ranks has, after more than month, worked out he can no longer do his job having refused to obey an on-duty Police Officer and swearing at him.

In his resignation letter, Andrew Mitchell, a big under statement said:

"It has become clear to me that whatever the rights and wrongs of the matter I will not be able to fulfil my duties as we both would wish."

He than added:

"The offending comment and the reason for my apology to the police was my parting remark 'I thought you guys were supposed to f***ing help us'".

Strange I thought Chief Whips were supposed to be quick thinking individuals able to counter colleagues concerns with clever argument and quick wit. Given the time taken for him to determine his actions were wrong and the language he now admits using it appears he is neither quick of wit nor clever with argument, so why did David Cameron appoint him in the first place?

BBC report - Andrew Mitchell: PM accused of weak leadership