Listening to the Today programme this morning, I heard prominent Tory donor Stuart Wheeler rant about how the new EU Treaty was a disgrace, and how he was presenting a case to the High Court in order to have the Commons debate withheld. One thing to note here is another example of how right-wing lunatics believe they can simply pour money into having the decisions of a democratic legislature overturned (cf. the hunting lobby, in attempting to argue in court that the Hunting Act was illegal, or even Brian Soutar, in pouring hundreds of thousands of pounds into a botched “referendum” on keeping the disgusting and homophobic Section 28, as well as donating huge sums of money to Labour’s opponents).
But back to my point, *Mr* Wheeler (he was at pains to point out DC hadn’t recommended him for a gong) was asked whether he thought disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway should have the whip removed (in light of DC’s refusal to remove it yesterday). Well, Mr Wheeler insisted that if he were responsible, he would remove the whip.
Amazingly (well, about as amazingly as night follows day), DC has now come out and removed the whip from Mr Conway. Which reminded me of this article in The Times.
Makes you wonder who’s really holding the whip…