It is a telling sign that several PPS positions – usually the first step on the ladder for ambitious MPs – have gone unfilled since November.
Too far or not far enough? Welcome u-turn or misguided retreat? Westminster’s policy experts have their say.
The Institute for Government’s new guide reminds us that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat partnership helped to improve Britain for the better.
It would be more constraining, unfamiliar and undoubtedly messy. But it need not be as bad as some fear.