Of the 55 figures ever to hold the title of British prime minister, six are still alive. And thanks to a confluence of events this week, the overwhelming majority of them have decided to show the world what a terrible job it is to undertake.

After all, when it ends for British prime ministers, it ends fast. There is no presidential grace period after they lose their job. Gordon Brown resigned his leadership on the Downing Street doorstep at 7:20 p.m. on May 11, 2010, after failing to form a majority government. Just 90 minutes later, David Cameron stood on the same doorstep, kissed his wife, and entered 10 Downing Street to start work as the new prime minister. There was no ceremony, no performances, no official library erected.