The decision of 85 year old Sir Tom Cowie to stop giving money to the Tories is, of course, to be regretted.

What is more regrettable is his ill-judged decision to go public on his reasons for so doing.

There was a time when a backer of a political party who decided as this one has to stop funding a party because he had fallen out of love with it would simply have kept his head well below the parapet. Indeed if he was a gentleman, one would expect him not to want to get into any discussion at all concerning the disposition of his money.

Now it seems that one of the prices that the piper has to pay is is indeed to have the tune called by he who pays.

Given his age, it may safely be said that that Sir Tom Cowie is not the future of the Conservative party. There are many new donors much younger than he who still have a long term stake in our country and yet are prepared to keep their counsel to themselves even when the going gets tough.

On a slightly different note, The Guardian and the BBC will want to milk this for all they are worth. Perhaps at the same time they might care to give us a list of the Trades Unions who were once at the forefront of bankrolling Labour and unashamedly using the power that this gave them to dictate policy who have now stopped doing so because they care not for what Labour has become.

They will not, of course, because such divorces are far more significant in the long term than the lapsing of faith in one elderly former donor.

Meanwhile we might all hope for a return to a world where discretion guides us rather than the endless quest for fifteen minutes of fame, which is all Sir Tom Cowie is going to get.