There are three main factors at work – genetics, plus cultural and social factors. And it’s not possible at present to disentangle the mix.
Johnson will be well aware of this – and will be more concerned about heading Labour’s leader off than by the restive Tory press.
Plus: Bad Tory language. Cutting VAT, Good Conservative news for workers. And: a second referendum – not a People’s Vote but a Cheater’s Vote.
His TUC account of the harm that some businesses can do should be balanced by one of the good that more do – and by projecting a personal theology of wealth creation.
Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
On the anniversary of the EU referendum, the party leadership needs an audit of what went wrong this month, and a plan for the Tory future in this Parliament.
As MPs, we have to react positively, optimistically and maturely as we try to make sense of the mandate given to us by the British people.
They will be strange, edgy experiences: I can hardly wait.
I believe we’ll win. But I could be wrong. So all this could be only a few weeks away…