A couple of months ago Team Cameron didn't have to try too hard; they just had to be Not Gordon. Cameron himself let slip a few 'when we form a government' and 'our government' type nostrums. There was something rather irritating about this. He'd dismissed Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell's 'Plan' as being nowhere on his agenda, and made clear he was following a strategy of, erm, Not Being Gordon. And not much more. This wasn't terribly hopeful for a committed Localist, a luke-warm Libertarian and a natural-born Tory such as moi. I mean, of course I'm going to vote Team Cameron - because he's not Gordon - but it would be nice to have something to look forward to apart from a continuation of State Centralism, a dying metropolitan-focused party duopoly and the slow corrosion of democratic engagement.
If Glenrothes has put a lump of ginger in Dave's arse then all to the good. If he does something about his horribly weak front bench even better. And if Dave summons the energy to query whether he should formulate some policies, then it will be a real result. If he takes the lads' 'Plan' home for a weekend read, then the lost deposit at Glenrothes will not have been in vain.
And unlike The Dude, a few grinning lefties doesn't discommode me. I just think of the one paragraph Bill that will reverse the Hunting Act, the mass redundancy of IT consultants working on the ID card scheme and scores of gobshite Labour MPs filling out their Housing Benefit forms, and my world is lit with sunshine.