Isn't is a deep irony that the man who chairs the Conservatives' Democracy Task Force was one of only three Tory MPs to vote to deny the people a vote on the Lisbon Treaty? If it wasn't so fundamental to this country's right to retain its democratic sovereignty you'd have to laugh. But for Ken Clarke in particular, it ought to be no laughing matter. Indeed, it should be quite the opposite.
There are some who argue that Clarke's position at the head of that Task Force is akin to a front bench position and that he should therefore lose his job for defying the party whip in a subject area which falls under his Task Force's remit. Some people might say that. I, of course, couldn't possibly comment.
It won't happen, of course, for the simple reason that the ensuing media row wouldn't be worth the candle. But I hope the whips and party leadership have the guts to point out to the old rascal what the consequences of a repeat offence would be.