"As you know, I have always placed a great deal of importance on accountability and responsibility. As I said in the House of Commons on Monday, I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my government activities to become blurred. The consequences of this have become clearer in recent days. I am very sorry for this."
I wonder how many of our elected representatives across the country would follow suit if the spotlight fell on them. And, by the same token, I wonder how many will resign once they have used the freedoms of Mr Pickles' 'localism bill' to get their snouts ever deeper into the trough.
Till the next resignation, I'm still Niall Connolly