Is he adapting to get things done? Might he be adjusting to life as an emergent elder statesman? Or could it all be about leadership ambition? His reinvention continues.
Even in an age of austerity, government has plenty of power and assets, which it could on a small-scale, experimental basis transfer to the control of community groups.
Here are just a few of the ways that I have seen work and that government should be adopting more broadly.
Setting or streaming tends to benefit high-attaining pupils, but this can be to the detriment of lower-attaining learners.
Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
Plus: The Whips need to get a grip. I greet the recovery of the pound. I fear for the future of our high streets.
Plus: Henry Bolton, secret LibDem agent. (Or not.) Penny Mordaunt, next Tory leader. (Or not.) British communists surprise us. (Or don’t.) And: my CNN joy.
The International Development Secretary’s response to the Oxfam scandal appears to have impressed Party members.
The Work and Pensions Secretary has a genuine belief in social mobility and is magnificently unabashed under fire.
Tougher exams are not to blame. Too often children’s time for the first three years of secondary school is wasted.
220,000 people from EU countries came here last year. May’s U-turn thus has implications not only for rights but for numbers.
Meanwhile, 51 per cent of respondents believe that Theresa May should resign as Party leader before the next election.
Conservative values are not well-served by leaving a market to criminals. Changing technology and drug strength mean this approach is becoming ever more harmful.
We must find our identity in modern Britain; break away from obstructive stereotypes; source authentic leaders who connect with voters; become the party of opportunity; and never style ourselves as an alternative to “chaos”.
Conservatives should restate the moral case for taxation and at the same time find innovative ways of revenue raising that are both popular and effective.