The conference showed a large number of people, many of them young, wondering what part a rehabilitated, reinvigorated, Christian conservatism inspired by Burke and Disraeli might have to play.
The Scottish Secretary, understated in his public utterances, “often makes the wittiest interjections in Cabinet discussions”.
There are enough mutinous MPs to sink almost any legislation, and he is in no position to face them down in the name of the bigger picture.
Assessing individual rather than household income ignores real circumstances and penalises families.
The Prime Minister needs the courage to face down the tiny minority who want to rush through the Conversion Therapy Bill.
Most of the action has been over Covid-related divisions. And most of the dissenters are from older intakes.
The Government needs to provide an educational route map out of Coronavirus for schools and colleges – so that they can prepare.
The media have been quick to pick up on some less well-chosen remarks, but this paints a misleading picture of the full debate.
One way in which the Government could help would be through a temporary increase in the Gift Aid rate. Conservatives introduced Gift Aid in 1990, and now have the chance to enhance it.