Things should have been so different for Eric Joyce the Labour MP and ex-minister. In him was a ex-Major who earned his scars and was a much welcomed breath of fresh air when faced with the numerous rich, talentless, drones of the Labour Party.
And it's not just the Labour Party all parties seem to be mostly made up of identikit blandness.
However for the Labour Party it seems that the hereditary rich elite have captured the supposed party of the working classes. And that made Joyce so welcome.
At least it should have done.
The reality is that his promotions in the army was due to him supporting labour and criticising the Tories rather than worth, and that his ministerial carrier wasn't brilliant. Fair enough better than many others but that is because we've seen some idiots as minsters.
Leaving aside all political considerations I just feel sadness when faced with Joyce. He is a tragic figure. Yet again he has been arrested for drunked assault, though he denies everything This is his fourth arrest in three years. Now he has been treated leniently for his previous drunken assaults, and my greatest sympathies lie with those he has attacked. But it is sad that anyone should fall to their demons.
Joyce had everything going for him. He was set for a comfortable life. He still has a very good army pension, and an unbelievably good parliamentary one. He could look forward to life in a safe seat until he wanted to become a peer. Directorships and media punditry awaited as he progressed to the lofty heights of elder statesman.
But now he is a tragic fool whose reputation is gone. He has become a loathsome stereotype of a drunken yob.
I don't care who he is, how powerful or great he was: this is a tragic waste for anyone.
I hope it improves for him I really do because if it doesn't.......