As the party has shed votes to the SNP and the Greens, the Tories have emerged in front merely by standing still.
True conservatives should call greed to account and be as sceptical of big business as they are of big government.
The latest dispute could provide Cameron with another excuse to avoid taking part.
The ideological differences between the parties are greater than for decades. But their shared culture means few have noticed.
Backbenchers who were in despair last autumn are confident that their party has had the best start to the year.
The Mayor will not allow himself to be outflanked on national security in a future Conservative leadership contest.
Tactical voting, fewer wasted votes and lower turnout explain why the party can win more seats with the same number of votes.
The Conservatives' fixation with their past triumph is a mark of their present weakness.
Osborne's claim of a "blackhole" in Miliband's plans is forcing his party to shout louder about its commitment to continued austerity.