I note that Churchill’s grandson is having the “whip removed” because he voted with the 21 Tory rebels in Tuesday’s vote on Brexit’s “no deal.”
What that means, I guess, that he is thrown out of the party. Apart from questions about what happens to him and his party affiliation, I just wonder about the etymology of the “Whip” and its “removal.”
Some sites note that it has origin of the whip is in foxhunting. I didn’t they used whips in foxhunting.
We have “Whips” here in the US government, but they don’t have the power to toss folks out of the party. They just try to keep their party members in line and vote the party line. They cannot “remove the whip” and I still don’t understand what that could possibly mean much less the etymology of the phrase, if I could phrase it that way.