So Andrew Mitchell has gone, well not entirely, but to a quieter place.
But who replaces him but none other than the most patrician of parliamentarians, an old Etonian and a hereditary baronet, Sir George Young.
Expect many of Fleet Street's finest to point out that SGY is also a keen cyclist, but even more ironically, when his own seat in Ealing was abolished in the mid-nineties, the 6'4" toff was parachuted into one of the safest seats in leafy Hampshire, guided and sponsored by the outgoing MP Sir David Mitchell, father of the outgoing Chief Whip.
Political elite? Surely not. Ask the bloke in the picture.