The "fruitcakes and loonies", as the Prime Minister once described the United Kingdom Independence Party members, now have their hands on the windpipe of the Tory party. Cameron insists that he will listen in future to what they are saying. What does he mean?
The Chancellor is possibly the least popular politician in the country right now, yet his suggestions that Scotland could lose the pound sterling, and its bank notes, were not denounced as patronising, anti-Scottish and even illegal last week. You'd think that the pound was his personal property.
In fact, you could equally argue the reverse. The left hasn't been more united for years – and nor has the right – in its hatred for the street parties and singalongs that have followed in her wake. At times last week I felt as if I had been transported back to the 1980s, watching crowds chanting "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie" in Glasgow, Liverpool and Brixton.