The joint One Nation Caucus and Tory Reform Group conference last weekend, following the recent National Conservative Conference, are pointers to the shape of a possible future.
Both are a reminder that politics and political parties are not the most important things in life.
The Prime Minister is neither a pessimist nor a foxhunter, but there are other ways to be a conservative.
William Keegan’s memoir describes with ebullient good humour how he covered half a century of bad news.
The ideal is all the more necessary in a polity in which a plurality of just 30-something percent can win you virtually untrammelled power.