More horde like behaviour from the government:
The Conservative party has said it has no plans to discipline Chris Heaton-Harris for plotting with a Telegraph columnist to help him stand as an anti-windfarm candidate in the Corby byelection, even though the MP was the official agent for the Tory campaign in the constituency.
The horde doesn't work behind a settled agenda, but practices internal darwinism over the spoils of power. The fact that he's been allowed to get away with it shows that this is accepted practice.
This also harks back to Alex's post on the split between British conservative voters and British conservative pundits over the US presidential elections. As a candidate, Delingpole wasn't even a successful saboteur: he was polling a statistical zero. But over in the fever swamp, opposition to onshore wind farming is an article of faith, so the fact that the issue has no salience among actually existing British conservatives is unimportant.
And speaking of US elections, a marginally acceptable, moderate-presenting leader presiding over an uncontrollable radical rightwing party seems familiar, somehow.