In ancient Rome, disgraced military leaders fell on their swords.
In the Harper government, ministers who have brought public embarassment to Stevie Spiteful get to pick the weapon of their choice.
It's not clear whether Helena chose a Manolo Blahnik or a Christian Louboutin to end her political career.
Watch for Blogging Tories and other assorted Attack Parrots, acolytes and sycophants to start chanting the new Speaking Points faxed by the PMO:
"Meanies! Look what you make her do!"