He served his country – and its allies – honourably.
These months of change have electrifying potential for renewal and reform. Such opportunities are precious.
The Brexit negotiations ought to have highlighted to both sides how the Union is best served by a strong cross-water alliance.
Jake Berry: What I found on my Northern Powerhouse tour. Resilience, skill, innovation and success. Plus an appetite for Brexit.
But more money and powers need to be given directly to the North to drive further progress.
A new biography fails to convey the Scottish Conservative Leader’s gusto, but does show how traditional she is.
The irony is that Hammond is appallingly placed to persuade voters that No Deal really does carry risks.
Steve Bell: I’m a former President of the National Convention. And I oppose Chequers. It’s Brexit in name only.
Let’s accept we will be far better off leaving with a Canadian-style free trade agreement – or, failing that, WTO terms.
Plus: Norcott and Brandreth triumph at Edinburgh. Turnbull and Dutton circle in Australia. And: Corbyn’s shoddy copy of the Trump playbook.
Terry Barnes: So you think May has problems? They’re nothing compared to the knifings and plots that engulf Malcolm Turnbull
With half his ministry on the backbenches, he looks isolated – and in denial.
The task of choosing the final two runners must remain with MPs, who know them better than the members do.
Alex Morton: Too many Tory politicians say nothing worthwhile – because they have nothing worthwhile to say
What do our cliché-ridden rulers propose? Ending plastic cups, gender quotas for boardrooms and banning Tony the Tiger.
If you can offer time as a mentor or speaker or donate to any of the groups mentioned in this article, it will be time and money well spent.
Europe has no Madisons to make the case for federalism, while the Leavers patronise us by pretending that leaving is without risk.
Daniel Hannan: Identity politics. It becomes impossible to avoid giving offence, because the offended keep changing the rules.
In an atmosphere when anyone can close down the conversation by saying “I feel uncomfortable”, rational discussion becomes impossible.
George Eustice: I’m a former UKIP candidate. I backed fundamental renegotiation. But I support the Chequers proposals. Here’s why.
Have no doubt about it: we’re leaving. But if we want to put the country back together, we must now keep some perspective.