TONY LEON | Today politics says goodbye to a man whose name belies his character

For more than 40 years James Selfe has been one of this country’s most faithful servants. We need more of him

07 December 2021 - 20:52

Stanley Baldwin, three times British prime minister in the interwar years, opined on his departure from parliament in 1937, “Once I leave, I leave. I am not going to speak to the man on the bridge and I am not going to spit on the deck.”

I have sometimes followed this advice and have very seldom returned to our parliament since I left it in 2009...

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