Boris Johnson's nonattendance is now the stuff of daily parliamentary humour.
No one who aspired to be Prime Minister would avoid a Commons Division by taking a publicly funded 14-hour round trip to Afghanistan to attend a 10-minute, made up "meeting" with a man who had been in London only three weeks earlier.
But if Johnson is not Prime Minister by the time of the next General Election, then he seems less and less likely to contest what he himself has turned into his highly marginal seat.
Many of us never could understand why anyone took him seriously. The number of people who do so now reduces on a daily basis.