The actions of the Tory candidate in Watford whose hate filled campaign against the Lib Dems may now see him go to prison ought to serve as a salutary lesson to anyone who thinks that hatred is a good enough reason to be involved in politics. It would also be wrong to blame all Tories for this or to use it as an excuse to lambast the Tory Party as an organisation. But there are some in the Tory Party who ought to hang their heads in shame over this whole affair.
In particular, as Sara Bedford points out, the Tory PPC - Rachel Joyce from Harrow West defended Ian Oakley is such a way as to make out that the scores of incidents of abuse, criminal damage and hatred were the fault of the Lib Dems, not one hate filled Tory candidate. Rachel Joyce, hang your head in shame.
If the Tories do want to leave the tag of the nasty party behind, and I do not believe for one minute that all Tories are nasty, then they need to take serious action against all those who sought to defend Ian Oakley and in particular do something about those who offered excused for his totally inexcusable behaviour.
Update : Lanson Boy points out that David Cameron was warned about the bad behaviour of Watford Tories, but did nothing. From what I have been told about Cameron by Tories and non Tories alike, it does not surprise me.