The Blackpool conference saw various candidates make their case, and an unlikely new leader emerge.
Both are a reminder that politics and political parties are not the most important things in life.
As soon as the emphasis shifts from surviving the pandemic to reviving the economy, he will become a key figure.
Faced with the real electoral threat of a nationalising, socialistic Labour Government, these principles should matter and be championed now more than ever.
The Electoral Reform Society calculates that a tiny change in votes would have given May a bare majority last spring. But how much difference would this have made?
Arundells, a beautiful early Georgian house nestling beneath the famous spire of Salisbury Cathedral, is open for guided tours.