If you want to read the article, find it yourself.
Owl will just offer a few quotes (with Owl comments) from it so you can see that Swire is sucking sour, sour grapes and is so happy to be quitting East Devon – where, in the last few years, he hasn’t even lived:
“Voting for an independent would not achieve anything.”
(he then goes on to suggest splitting Claire Wright’s vote between other parties to ensure she is not successful).
“Crucially, when Parliament is more important than ever, we do need people of quality.”
(Indeed, Hugo, pity we have had to wait so long for you to stand down to get within spitting distance of this).
“I will not interfere in the politics of East Devon because that would be unfair on the next MP but I will return to see friends and colleagues.”
(Well, to be fair you only came to East Devon to shake hands, schmooze and see friends so nothing changes there).
“It’s been a huge chunk of my life but, at the end of the day, I only did it because residents continued to return me.”
(Yep, he only did it so he could swan around the Middle East on the back of our votes).
Goodbye and good riddance. We await with bated breath the announcement of your replacement …