After over a century of providing reasonable, commonsensical advice to politicians, the man on the Clapham omnibus has finally stepped down from public office.
‘Since 1903 I’m proud to have been there whenever a politician needed the no-nonsense view of a moderately-educated everyman,’ he told a press conference yesterday afternoon. ‘In fact even when I couldn’t be present, politicians and other policy-makers would often consider my likely opinion of a matter. Ironically, I was never asked to comment on the state of public transport.’
In recent years the stock of the man on the Clapham omnibus has fallen as politicians have sought advice from rivals such as the man-on-the-street, the less well-informed man-in-the-pub and, on occasion, Tom, Dick, and Harry.
Sources close to the centenarian say that he is looking forward to his retirement and will use his extra free time to learn how to drive.