What jolly japes this expenses saga is launching.
Lord Tebbit has announced this morning that people should not vote Tory - or words to that effect; it was slightly more nuanced than that. This has got readers at Conservative Home in a bit of a tizzy, with Jonathan Isaby arguing that the whip should be withdrawn from the noble lord.
The thing is though, surely Lord Rottweiler is right - surely nobody with a shred of decency would want to vote for a party awash in corruption and graft? Jonathan Isaby is obviously keen to maintain internal discipline in the party he supports, but this is the problem with party politics. At times, you are put in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between what is best for your party and what is best for your country.
I would have thought that the only possible answer to the dilemma is to choose country over party, if one is to maintain even a shred of self-respect. Decent people will refuse to vote Tory, just as Lord Tebbit suggests.
I wonder how many Conservatives support the Isaby line?