Douglas Carswell by-election is a rare and honourable event

August 29, 2014 10:00 AM

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Douglas Carswell by-election is a rare and honourable event

The least surprising part of Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP was surely his decision to resign his Clacton seat and seek re-election in a by-election. Quite apart from any satisfaction at the anxiety it will bring to the Conservative leadership of which he has come so completely to despair, any other course of action, though more conventional, would have been unthinkable for this politician of both unusual views and integrity.

The SW1 gang, terrified of the implications of letting the people back into politics, will ensure that the trigger for any recall mechanism remains safely in their hands. Local people will only be allowed to vote to confirm what political insiders have decided.

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