It is rumoured that some Conservative MPs are going to refuse to campaign against Douglas Carswell. If theirs were a properly run party, then it would kick out anyone who said things like that.
Thatcher certainly would have done. The friends of Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler, say.
Major would have kicked out anyone who had said that they were not going to campaign against Emma Nicholson, Peter Temple-Morris, Alan Howarth or Hugh Dykes. Or against George Gardiner, come to that.
Anyone promising not to campaign against Shaun Woodward or Bob Spink would also have received short shrift.
Likewise, if UKIP were a properly run party, then the Roger Lord situation would never have arisen.
Nor would Lord be on the brink of being the Conservative candidate if either party were anything other than a complete and utter shambles.