After years and years of sneering at anyone who had dinner in the House of Commons, or invited anyone else to have dinner there, Mr Salter has finally admitted to eating dinner in the Commons. Good for him for coming clean at last. He did not, of course, pay for his own dinner. That would be going too far. Not a particularly diverse group of guests, is it? And why is Mr S the only one not wearing a jacket?
Mr S informs us on his website (so it must be true) that he is going to Australia and New Zealand for some months once he receives his 65K payout. Another source tells me he is going to spend some time in Sydney as the guest of former Reading councillor and chair of Reading Labour Party Mike Price, who left Reading in 2000 and fled to Australia ahead of a scandal that threatened to engulf him and those close to him. Picture the scene - a cosy chat over the Price dinner table, spliffs smouldering in the ashtray, reminiscing about the dear dead days beyond recall. The headlines in the Reading Evening Post, and, er, the headlines in the Reading Evening Post. These we have loved.