But unless his fully-developed vision of the future can capture heart-and-minds, I’d expect control of the party to stay with the mainstream.
Gavin Williamson is gifted, well-connected, successful – and not devoid of ambition. His former deputy is now Chief Whip. This is a controversial appointment.
Even after all the problems, and the threadbare findings, Wiltshire Police show no sign of realising their errors.
Mercifully, there remain a few Thatcherites, even in the Cabinet, who believe in the power of liberty, responsibility, commerce and voluntary action.
The history of our party has much to teach us about how to build on our modern successes.
Behind his languid exterior lay a man of unusual principle, to whom all Conservatives have cause to be grateful.
The Conservative Party is built on something more deep rooted than the passing fads of the metropolitan chattering classes.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.
Green, standing in for May, showed what an admirable caretaker leader he would make.
It was the brainchild of Rab Butler, set up to educate Tory members. 54,000 Conservative activists, agents and other students took courses.
She cannot be a stationary establishment figure when faced with the restless mood of the voting public. She must move forwards – or we risk a 1997-style wipeout.
Corbyn is unfitted to public office of any sort. All sensible Labour folk know it, but many cannot currently bring themselves to say it outright.
It isn’t necessary to be one of his supporters to believe that it is time for Wiltshire Police to put up or shut up.
The harsh truth is that, nearly seven years into Conservative-led Government, we are still living beyond our means.