Is there a serious political party which doesn't monitor the activity of its candidates? Yes, the Liberal Democrats, it would seem. Their blogerati are in full cry about Michael Crick's shock revelation (not) that the Conservatives have a candidates committee which, among other things, monitors the performance of its candidates and has a "watch list" of those it considers are likely to shoot their mouths off and embarrass the Party.
Is this really a surprise? I would be more surprised if they didn't have such a list. In fact, now that I know it exists I could happily suggest a few names to be added to it.
Yes, Michael Crick has had some fun and been able to boast about getting a leaked document, but is there really any more to this than that? Despite the splutterings of the LibDems I doubt it. If they were in any way a professional outfit, they would have such a list too. In fact, I rather suspect they do. And it's headed by the name of Mr L Opik, as Nick Clegg seems to recognise very clearly.