There has been much talk about how Paul Gray has upheld the highest traditions of the civil service by resigning so honourably from HM Customs and Revenue.
Guess what? It turns out to be a rather odd kind of resignation. This from the Daily Mail:
Meanwhile, Paul Gray, the £190,000-a-year chairman of HM Customs & Revenue who resigned yesterday, is set to remain on full salary pending a deal to let him retire on a full pension.
Mr Gray, who was praised for quitting "as a matter of honour", will not lose a penny by falling on his sword.
Anyone know where I can get one of these special non-jobs that I can resign from, too? You can see the attractions after all.
You get paid in full and a pension without the tiresome inconvenience of having to do any work. Plus everyone hails you as a thoroughly good fellow.