It was a sad, much-mourned, death, greeted with glum faces all round in the Westminster Village that day. A new ministerial code, announced on 15 July, 2011, effectively declared that decades of 'unattributable' boozy lunches and 'off-the-record' slap-up dinners between politicians and the press were to be no more.
For the Tories, debates on Europe - and the UK's place in it - are all over their fringe schedule like a rash. The prime minister will be wanting to apply soothing ointment to this debate but he may find it very difficult to do. Party members scared of the UKIP challenge will want some Eurosceptic meat to chew on. This remains a huge challenge for Cameron.