Hannan on McMillan Scott
Daniel Hannan pens a 'more in sorrow than in anger' post on Edward McMillan Scott's defection from the Conservatives. He can afford a bit of magnanimity, since he won! Won some time ago, actually, but it's just taken Edward McMillan Scott a while to come to terms with it. Hannan suggests, inter alia, that EMS has become ever so slightly obsessed with him, mentioning him all the time in his speeches and articles. Clearly, the ex-Tory MEP blames the current Tory MEP and Telegraph columnist for all the ills that have befallen him. If any of it is true, it wouldn't be the first time that Mr. Hannan has been accused of ensuring a degree of 'purity' amongst elected Tory representatives. In his book, "Tory Wars", Mail on Sunday political editor Simon Walters passes on the accusation from several Tory parliamentary candidates that they thought Hannan might be behind some dirty tricks operations to stop them being selected. Hannan denied it.