The BBC website reveals a picture of Mr Salter, reading a copy of the New Statesman with the cover line "Meet the Next Prime Minister". The text includes the following, fisking in red as always mine.
Mr Salter rose from the ranks of being a labourer in the 1970s to becoming a Reading borough councillor in 1984. there are many who think that being a labourer is as worthy an activity as being a councillor - and there are some who do both at the same time
From 1997 until 2010 he was the Labour MP for Reading West, known among the local press for supporting so many community campaigns. that's one way of putting it, his self-confessed political strategy was "buy the reporters a pint"
One of Mr Salter's most publicised notice they don't say "effective" or "good"campaigns was his call for a ban on violent internet pornography so obviously violent porn has now completely disappeared from cyberspace following the murder of teacher Jane Longhurst in Brighton at the hands of Graham Coutts. this was a piece of ambulance-chasing of the most cynical kind - Jane Longhurst's mother lived in Reading East and was relentlessly pursued by Salter until she agreed to do media with him which was then used with female members of Reading East Labour Party to convince them that their MP was not interested in "women's issues". Mrs Longhurst saw through this but went along with it anyway because, she told people, she found it therapeuticMr Salter caused controversy after openly criticising "Sarah's Law", which allows parents to check whether someone living nearby is a sex offender. He didn't, he was one of about 10 MPs who were stupid enough to attack the late News of the World and who got their pictures in that paper looking like child molesters as a result.
Despite having an obvious passion for politics, he knew when it was time to call it a day. except that having announced he was standing down he tried to change his mind and un-resign, without success
"I was not going to rattle around the House of Commons in my 60s - I wanted to retire when I did at 56 to have enough energy to do things that were always on my bucket list.
He said that public life involved a lot of "pressure". No shit, Sherlock
Now that he is back in England he is involved with a campaign to clean up the River Thames and chairs a local schools charity that organises summer camps for disadvantaged children. According to the Reading Chronicle, so it must be true, that charity is electing its chair tomorrow evening, 21st September, wtf?
The rest of his week is taken up with gaining a teaching qualification with the aim of educating children in citizenship. Problematic, this one. There is no local provider, and a PGCE in any case is full time. Correspondence course? Do tell. You'd think the BBC would have asked.
And finally, as they say, what inspired the BBC to do this piece? How did they even know Mr Salter was in the UK and available for interviews? What was the point of this one? And why is Mr Salter pimping himself to the media now that he is not in public life any more?
You tell me.