A fascinating rumour reaches me this morning, that he is pretty much still at it, only from home and off the books.
One does not simply sack a man who has been in some sense a member of every Conservative Government since 1970, including seven years as Deputy Prime Minister.
And one certainly does not do so merely in order to placate someone who, after a fairly brief Ministerial career, has been taken seriously by no one who mattered in 27 years and counting.
If and when the Prime Minister's domestic programme ever reached the House of Lords, then we should see which of them voted for it, and which against.
But then, only one of them would have written it.