From Wellington to Johnson, this institution has managed to keep itself at the heart of Tory politics.
If police officers are shouting at people with loudhailers and disbanding picnickers in local parks, then, good.
Of course, many of the sacked ministers – Fallon, Mitchell, Shapps and a dozen others are hoping for preferment under a Boris administration.
Yesterday’s emergency National Convention meeting was a reminder of the influence and power of the grassroots.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.