It is no secret that The Conservative party is quietly tearing itself apart at the moment. The Brexit referendum, partly conceived to heal a chronic rift in the Tory ranks has deepened divisions.
Theresa May’s party is beset by problems. The last thing she needs is open hostilities between Conservative MPs. But this is Mrs May’s lot.
One of the stranger consequences of this instability is the idea that it presents an opportunity for liberty-minded folk. So-called champions of freedom like Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove and Daniel Hannon are supposed to be a good thing for libertarians.
The Conservative party have an almost admirable history of fierce intrigue and backstabbing. John Major springs to mind. This quality is the party’s biggest weakness and it’s most profound strength. It has a knack for survival no matter what the odds are. This time is no different.
The sad reality is that the likes of Mr Mogg and Mr Gove are not liberals. They are conservatives. The Tories have embraced many creeds over the years but libertarianism is not one of them.
The problem for libertarians is that at times Conservative MPs can sound like allies. But they are not, being closely aligned with them has never been a successful strategy for libertarians.
So you will excuse me if I do not pick a side in the Tory civil war.