In Britain, the most important politician is the Prime Minister. After that is the ruling party Deputy Leader or if there is no deputy leader, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The third most important person is the ruling party Chief Whip.
The Chief Whip is in charge of making sure all party MPs vote the right way, and for Party discipline generally. If an MP misbehaves the Chief Whip may withdraw the Whip which means that the local party may be asked to select a different candidate for the next General Election. The Chief Whip can also take MPs off House of Commons committees.
The Tory Chief Whip David Mitchell has been involved in an incident with a police officer guarding Downing Street where the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chief Whip all live. The officer complained to his superiors that the Chief Whip swore at him, showed significant disrespect, and called him a "pleb". For those who have not studied the Classics, Roman Society was divided into the Patricians who mattered politically and the Plebs who might riot but otherwise had no political influence or importance.
The Chief Whip has apologised to the officer over the telephone and has apologised publicly to the police.
There are demands he should resign. How can he discipline MPs when he cannot discipline himself?
To use the word "pleb" was extremely disrespectful - and says something about Mitchell's attitude towards a man who as a Diplomartic Protection officer if necessary would be expected to stop a bullet for him.
I think he plays an important role by reminding us of how really unsuited this right wing conservative party is to rule.
You might also have commented that this affair took place whilst the majority of the country were mourning the loss of two police officers in particularly nasty circumstances less than 48 hours previously.
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