Monday 20 December 2010

Tonight, We're Going To Party Like It's 1994

Back in the day, the Conservative Party was split between the federalists and the sceptics. The federalists believed in a single, unified Conservative Party. Whereas the sceptics believed in hundreds of independent Conservative MPs, each of them saying and doing whatever he or she happened to feel like.

And now, they are back. Complete with the riots that invariably characterise their periods in office. And complete with the same old federalist-sceptic split. But this time, the considerable and growing number of Tory backbenchers who are now effectively a separate party - their next rebellion is to be over votes for prisoners - have the option of actually becoming one. In this Parliament. If there is a Yes vote on electoral reform.

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