Who'd have thunk it? Even the battered wives of British politics have finally had enough.
It's about time!
Hopefully, they're finally working out that the Tory Party is the least conservative organisation in Britain. That's not just a ideological judgement, its whole ethos is profoundly unconservative. They talk about giving power back to the people and shrinking the government, but the Party itself is run more like a cult than an actual, conservative organisation.
If your organisation truly believes that the people best qualified to run a by-election in Cumbria are a bunch of metropolitan twerps in London, and everyone outside the M25 is a bigot or a bumpkin, yeah.... you're not actually conservative. Whatever their rhetoric in public, it's quite obvious that these people regard their membership as a bunch of chumps and suckers who just need to be bamboozled with a few targeted facebook ads and some gesture politics.
Right about now, the main role of the Tory Party in pushing conservative values is providing a counter-example. Like I said, Tory Central Office is a socialist's wet dream: a single organisation staffed with the alleged best and brightest, and the best software money can buy, micromanaging the whole party. So how's that working out?
Screwed up an election against McDoom
Scraped a win against the Ed Miliband Human Simulation Unit
Bungled an election against Islington Jesus
But at least there weren't any rubes from oop north involved! They might have screwed things up.
Meanwhile, the people who really did screw things up are still out there giving the proles patronising lectures about 'electability' and the like.
Finally, the Tory base has asked the vital question: what are we getting out of all this?