The recent publication of Sasha Swire’s uproariously indiscreet and salacious memoir exploded on London’s social scene like a beautifully aimed missile. Diary of an MP’s Wife: Inside and Outside Power is an account of the decade during which the 57-year-old former journalist and her M.P. husband, Hugo Swire, occupied the very heart of the Tory power posse known as the Camerons.

That chumminess all came to an abrupt halt last week. Well, that’s the end of her, announced the Greek chorus baying for her blood. How dare she? How could she? But what of Swire herself? Gone to ground in her Devon farmhouse, it seems, without so much as a squeak.