In the UK the latest political scandal is the alleged description by a senior Tory of some of the Conservative Party’s activist supporters as “mad, swivel-eyed loons”. PM Cameron is thoroughly implicated in the mess, having apparently used similar language on a previous occasion.
Shades of the similar case in New Zealand where a top Brash advisor/speechwriter described core National party supporters as “almost barking mad” (see Nicky Hager’s The Hollow Men).
OK so I have to admit to a certain amount of schadenfreude here. But I don’t know which of the parties in this underlying civil war of right-wing politics comes out of it looking worse, the activists who support leaders that laugh at them behind their backs, or the leaders who exploit activists that they clearly have such low opinions of. Sad.