A conversation at a book launch, back in March, took place between your humble Devil and the oleaginous (and rather short) Brooks Newmark MP—a government whip who will, no doubt, be shortly bullying our elected representatives into voting against our interests...
This lovely little chap was describing, with some relish, how he has to keep MPs in line—describing them as "the Tory Taliban". Your humble Devil is not a sensitive fellow, but I thought that "the Tory Taliban" was a little harsh: after all, said MPs only vote against the government, not cut the noses and ears off teenagers.
Nevertheless, in the spirit of gathering amusing data, your humble Devil suggested a couple of names of MPs who might qualify as "the Tory Taliban"—names such as Douglas Carswell and Steve Baker.
It will not surprise any of my readers to hear that the two names were confirmed: nor that the immensely self-satisfied Brooks Newmark told a terribly amusing story about having to remind Steve Baker that "he was elected as a Tory MP" and that he had better play ball or else face deselection.
Don't you love the way that party politics works...?