Without wanting to sound too much like Donald Rumsfeld, there are some things I know that I know nothing about, and I put US politics in that bracket. This blog has categories for European and UK politics for a reason. I don’t know the relative importance of New Hampshire or Illinois, and I cannot tell you which states form Super Tuesday. I’m not even a fan of West Wing, so I cannot even sound like I know what’s going on. Please don’t interpret this as being anti-American – I just don’t know enough, that’s it. I’m not even going to get drawn on whether Hillary or Barack is a better bet for the Democrats. I even find myself (astoundingly) partially in agreement with Guido about the rather ludicrous amount of UK media coverage of the primaries, although the newspapers are as much to blame as well. The only thing I might get drawn on is how the candidates use the internet – oh for a British politician who did anything as slick as Barack Obama’s site. But c’est tout.
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I don't agree with some of Simon Hoare's views, but he is a Tory MP I respect. His work on double jobbing this week was exemplary: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jan/19/plans-allow-double-jobbing-northern-irish-politics-dropped
And the answer, Simon, is if you want to stop defections - change the leader, and change the direction of the party!
It’s always a sadness when a Tory colleague leaves our Party. I’ve been a member since 1985. It feels like a bereavement. But there’s no point shouting abuse at the individual as the deed is done. Instead we should always ask 2qs: 1) why?; 2) how do we stop others going?
There has to come a time when Tory MPs grow tired of having to mount defences like this
Tory MP Jane Hunt tells Sky News that far from issuing threats and blackmail to rebellious MPs, Tory whips act more like “welfare officers.”