Holyrood has led the race for greater state intervention in people’s lives, and power has never felt more removed from voters’ concerns.
None of these qualities necessarily stop you wanting things, knowing what you enjoy, and being able to weigh up how to decide.
The Conservative Party has long been the natural home of libertarians and classical liberals. That relationship might be about to get less comfortable.
In advancing controversial policies without an explanation other than economic return, the party has been left open to claims of acting from greed and elitism.