Not often you'll hear me defending the council house grabbing millionaire who compared social conservatives to the Taleban and called for them to be 'rooted out' of the Tory party.
But at least Duncan is open and up-front about his beliefs. What you see is pretty much what you get.
His nemesis was a chap called Heydon Prowse, which sounds more like a PR firm than anything recognisably human, but who is actually a public school luvvie from Islington. Ticks all the boxes, doesn't he ?
Browse dug up Duncan's lawn, creating a bed in the shape of a £ sign, as a protest against the MPs expenses claims. Duncan, for what reason I know not (maybe he's just a nice guy - who knows ?), repaid this act by asking him to lunch. Browse turned up with a hidden recorder, and next thing Duncan's honestly and privately expressed views on the starvation diet of MP expenses were all over the media.
As a result of which he's out of the Shadow Cabinet. As Guido observes, Cameron (no social conservative himself) has watched his ratings fall and taken the appropriate action.
I understand the realpolitik of what Cameron's done, and by his leaving statement so does Alan Duncan. I guess it just sticks in the craw that Browse should pick up a scalp by his act of betrayal.
You can see why I'd make a lousy politician.