The decision by David Cameron to block the right of constituencies to recall their MPs in cases of wrongdoing has been much debated in the UK over the past week.
It echoes a feeling that has been building about Parliament and government for some time – that they are increasingly uncomfortable with democracy, and wilfully removed from the lives of British citizens.
The same is true - in microcosm - of the Conservative Party itself. There was a time when Conservative Party members chose their Members of Parliament, their leaders and voted on Party policy.
It has been slowly, but clumsily, replaced with a system where almost every facet of decision-making is centralised to the Party's HQ in Westminster (CCHQ).
It has led directly to policies like the ‘A-list’, ‘Vote Blue-Go Green’, and ‘Same Sex Marriage’ being thrust upon an often deeply opposed membership.
I founded the organisation Conservative Grassroots in early 2013, which alongside the conservative think-tank, the Bow Group, has served to demonstrate to me that there are few opportunities left for Conservative Party members to exercise their power; one is to leave the Party, stop donating and stop campaigning. The other is to deselect their Member of Parliament.
The recent spate of deselection votes in the parliamentary constituencies of Reigate & Banstead, Thirsk & Malton, Suffolk South, and Saffron Walden have all been largely misunderstood and misreported. But rather than viewed in isolation, they can all be described as the first casualties of this decade-long phenomenon of centralisation and the reaction to it: the Conservative Civil War, pitting Cameronite “Modernisers” against traditional Tories.