There is evidence, however, that suggests that the move to abandoning all recent Tory traditions is not quite so straightforward.
The auditorium may be dull but the fringe is not – as questions from our past haunt the future, such as: will the productivity gains come?
My view is that the only way to help square this circle is to rediscover our concern for public service reform.
A careful reading of Hayek and Adam Smith will confirm that neither was invariably opposed to state action.
The State continues to restrict personal freedom in a bid, it claims, to save life, while trying to avoid spelling out the risks to life caused by excess weight.
If it were the critical factor, Belgium should have been superbly prepared for the pandemic. Alas, it was not.
It’s striking that the countries that did best during Covid are those, like Taiwan and South Korea, which live under threat of annihilation by their neighbours.
This is not to say that all of Dodds’ analysis is coherent or correct, but the days of unhinged Corbynite attacks on capitalism are over.
McDonnell wanted a state-run pharmaceutical industry. So now we will never know how it would got on with producing Covid vaccines.
I was regaled with horror story after story on access to even existing testing. Confidence in the “moonshot” is non-existent.
Post-Covid, the environment is likely to be egalitarian and interventionist. For libertarian, small state Eurosceptics, this must come as a disappointment.
Reshaping Whitehall must be sanctioned by the Prime Minister, but he can empower the Government’s proven reformer, Michael Gove, to drive change.