When ten Conservative councillors were deselected a couple of weeks ago, I and many others thought that at last justice had prevailed. An panel of senior Conservatives looked at applications from everyone who wished to be a candidate. Some - including cabinet members - were interviewed. Evidence was taken and minuted. They did not reach their decisions lightly, and spent many hours in deliberations.
When those ten councillors appealed against the decision, I was under the mistaken belief the appeals process would be similar to a court of law. I thought those appealing would have to come up with reasons as to why they should remain on the candidates' list. The truth is entirely different.