Toby Helm, writing in The Guardian, notes the growing unease of Tory rebel 'Young Guns' who are disenchanted with life in the Coalition, believing that it is inhibiting their progress up the political ladder.
"Unhappy at having to govern with the Liberal Democrats? Frustrated at the lack of opportunities for promotion? Miffed at not having the ear of No 10? All are symptoms of a malaise among young Tory MPs disappointed by their life as backbenchers in a coalition." (Emphasis mine)
But surely, it is a wish to serve those that elect an MP, not the potential for personal advancement, that makes one stand for office? Or have I missed the plot and 'politics' is indeed a career?
Amongst those cited as being 'unhappy' is Priti Patel (although surely, a misnomer where the 'first' name is concerned), someone who wishes for "a ressertion of Tory policy updated for the 21st century" - which must include a belief in self-government - yet this is an MP who has made herself 'unavailable' when important votes on matters EU have been held.
The fact that we may well have 'exciting' times to come within the Conservative Party could well be true - if only we had a Conservative Party..............