By Paul Goodman
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A smart Whip told ConservativeHome that the Parliamentary Party "is now unwhippable".
Zac Goldsmith is the ultimate unwhippable Twitter MP – a symbol of how the Parliamentary Party is changing.
I am not complaining. Mr Goldsmith is the MP for the lovely constituency in which I grew up, Richmond Park, a.k.a God's Own Country.
Its voters should be proud to have a representative who's so independent-minded (aided by being independently-wealthy). I would vote and campaign for him like a shot.
None the less, I have a sneaking sympathy for the whips. Unbiddable MPs have their place. And so do Conservative Governments, even in coalition.
P.S: Now that I come to think of it, Zac's father set up his own party, didn't he, or is my memory deceiving me…?