After repeated assaults on civil liberties by the coalition, the party's grass roots are angry, worried and very distrustful.
David Cameron has already outlined the draconian cuts a Conservative majority government would make.
With hung parliaments likely to become the norm, the kind of strop that Tory MPs are now throwing will be utterly counterproductive.
While all eyes were on press regulation, MPs quietly voted to halve the consultation period for redundancies from 90 days to 45.
High-earners gain the most, 860,000 single-earner families lose out and the system won't be introduced until 2015.
Global experience shows that increasing subsidies to parents, rather than investing in services directly, is a costly and ineffective approach.
It is the sense of chronic impermanence in Downing Street that fuels leadership speculation.
Policy irony of the day: the Tories reject minimum alcohol pricing because it "hits the poorest hardest".
After the Business Secretary's dramatic suggestion that the government should borrow for growth, the PM will denounce those who would "plunge us back into the abyss".
The £30m fund promised by David Cameron will cover just £2.71 of the £14-a-week loss in housing benefit facing disabled claimants.