Whatever your political outlook, spare a thought for the beleaguered leader of the UK opposition Michael Howard. One of his front benchers delivers an argument in a private party debate which is out of line with current Tory public policy (but in line with Tory private thinking). It gets to the press, who go large on it. 24 hours later, the man is no longer a front bencher, and is being stood down from his Arundel constituency ten days before an election campaign. If you’re Tory candidate, it’s no longer clear the leader wants you to say “what your constituents might be thinking”, on fiscal policy at least!