"In an interview for Tory Radio, Mr Maude - fast becoming a hate figure for some traditional members - came out fighting. He admitted there was bound to be "a certain amount of resistance and reaction" to the A-list. But he hit out at "ridiculous caricatures" now being put around about the priority list.
"A lot of it is just fantasy country - the idea that what we're actually trying to do is insert mincing metrosexuals into gritty northern marginal seats is complete rubbish," said the MP for Horsham."
So everything north of Watford is "gritty", while the south is full of "mincing metrosexuals"?