I remember Rob the -----. I was called Lipzoidial in those days.
I will accept your apology if that is what you want, but i feel it is totally unnecessary. I thought you acquitted yourself quite well and you should be proud, in that time, in that place. It wasn't personal, it was politics. It is always politics.
While many people think politics is just a casual past-time, it is damned serious. Wars and millions of people killed, as well as salvation and millions saved, happen over politics all the time.
If someone wants to withdraw and get out of politics, that is commendable, and can be the refuge of the conscientious objector, the philosophical objector, the intellectual objector, as well as the old, the tired and the weak, but either way, the world marches on.... politics marches on... and we are all eventually ground to powder in the end.
I wish you luck with your new path. There is nothing behind you to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. I didn't really know you that well, but many here feel a strong connection to you, even while fighting you over politics.