British politics can be a brutal business.
Within hours of being sacked by Boris Johnson from the Cabinet, David Mundell's belongings were outside the Commons office he had held as Scottish secretary since 2015.
Now the big grey crates sit, still unpacked, in his less-decorated office over the road in Westminster, which - as fate would have it - was occupied by Mr Johnson before he launched the successful leadership bid which propelled him to power in July and forced Mr Mundell and others out.
In his first major broadcast interview since his exit from the government's top team, Mr Mundell reflected on the sacking, revealed his warning to Boris Johnson at their final meeting and looked back on making history by becoming the first openly gay Conservative MP to hold a Cabinet position.
He also notably said he remains open to voting for a Brexit deal which gives Northern Ireland special status - despite previously saying it was a resigning matter for him.
Mr Mundell had even handed Theresa May his warning in writing last year during his tenure in Cabinet.
But speaking prior to Mr Johnson declaring a new Brexit deal has been done, he told Brand he would now "see what's on the table" rather than outright reject a deal which put Northern Ireland in a unique position.
Mr Mundell was also critical of the lack of LGBT diversity in Mr Johnson's Cabinet after he and Justine Greening left the Cabinet.
And in the wide-ranging interview, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale also delivered an entertaining anecdote on his brief meeting with Donald Trump in Scotland, which forged his abiding memory that the US president was "very orange" and sparked rumours that First Lady Melania Trump was an impostor.
Watch above or listen to the full Acting Prime Minister episode to also hear:
The stormy picture which he would hang above the Number 10 desk
Why he banned the term 'bar' to describe the supply of whisky in his office
The Twitter abuse that made him rethink his late-night media commitments
How coming out was not a political decision
His solution to Brexit after identifying the biggest mistakes he and others have made so far
How he would respond to calls for a second referendum on Scottish Independence if the SNP gained overwhelming support at an election
The Eagles song which sums up his approach to politics
Why he would only want to be prime minister in the past
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