You get the likes of Boris Johnson who is happy to call himself a libertarian and a conservative at the same time.

But then when you go further into the history of the conservative and unionist party in the UK, you have the likes of Benjamin Disraeli who was happy to refer to himself as a one-nation conservative, a term that it is a bit contradictory. You also have the likes of Iain McCleod, an intellectual giant in the Tory party, whose ideas were seen as too clever by half.

The conservative party has for the better part wrestled with its contradictions and settled on thing- the attainment and retention of power is the supreme objective. Everything else is secondary.