There will be tears in Tory households today as people find out they are too un-hip to be one of Cameron’s chosen Conservative candidates. Only the gayest, youngest, funkiest types are destined to be chosen for sure. These new beautiful people will be the next generation of Tory MPs.
Where does that leave the mass of right-wing, ex-public school-boys who used to once dominate the ranks of the approved candidates list? Unhappy, that is where it leaves them, and ready to cause trouble. The candidates list is the bedrock of campaigning activism, if hundreds of them are thwarted and believe they are permanently blocked they could be a source of trouble. The screams of the ambitious will be heard in Notting Hill. Guido expects there will be promises of the prospect of jam tomorrow, how else will the malcontents be kept in line?