To a large extent, the Tories now resemble a wounded dinosaur. It takes a long time for awareness of its death to reach the extremities, yet there is a growing realisation that the ultimate destination of Cameron's supping with the devil is the elimination of what has been a phenomenally-successful electoral force over two centuries. Pincered between the embarrassing fascism of the Brexit franchise, epitomised by the repugnant grandstanding in Strasbourg and the dribbling discharges from Widdecombe, and the realisation by a small minority of the party (most of whom are either already on the backbencher or about to be sacked) that to be complicit in the hallucinogenic treason of Hunt and Johnson is tantamount to taking a cyanide pill, the Tories are toast.
Revolutions devour their own children, and have a nasty habit of deteriorating into catastrophe at a moment's notice. The Brexit neo-Nazis, for example Daniel Hannan, and Far-ge himself, do not like being reminded that they promised a gentle disengagement from the political structures of the EU while staying within the boundaries of economic integration and reasonable behaviour. Their hysteria when this is pointed out is a clear demonstration that the wheels have sheared off their treasonable wagon.
The Tories are a vile amalgam of the racist, the careerist, the stupid and those who manage to combine all three. The mere idea that Hunt might be a more acceptable candidate is risible until the reality sinks home. Within days or weeks of Johnson's coronation, the process of disrupting the cosy narrative and entitlement accelerates. It will be interesting to see which of the few remaining honourable Tories leads the rump of sentient beings out of the party and into the arena where they are working for the votes of those who do not believe that the tribal labels work.
Whilst the Tories are engaging in the kind of activity that resembles monkeys throwing their own excrement around, the Liberal Democrats are also having a leadership election. A year ago this would have seemed like a minor digression, of interest only to those of us who regard politics as interest. However, there is now a yawning opportunity that will require everyone to start behaving like adults.
The reality of the Greens and Plaid Cymru standing aside to allow the best-placed pro-European candidate to stand against a convicted criminal and a fascist in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election is, hopefully, a precursor to a rapid recognition that in the face of a Tory suicide cult the old certainties need to be suspended until there is a more representative electoral system in place for Westminster. There are detailed, but speedy, discussions to be had. Not standing against each other in already-held seats, and identifying targets that can be taken is necessary for all the "smaller" European parties. The real challenge will be if and how those who remain in Labour and the Tories but have basic intelligence and integrity can be supported, tacitly or actively. A 2019 Coupon election might not be so far-fetched.
Mechanisms for ensuring that the system is not gamed by the Tories or by their new-found Putin-franchised Brexit Party allies may not need to be formalised. Harnessing communications through traditional and non-traditional means is a start - and an informal agreement to focus fire on the real enemy seems already to be in place. The scale of the crisis requires medium-term party advantage to be placed to the side, preferring instead to preserve and create the conditions where the relationship of the UK to Europe is not the defining issue. There is plenty of time to unpick austerity, authoritarianism and to reshape the British constitution. Working out how to do that in detail while the Tories slash and burn is a luxury for which none of us will ever deserve to be forgiven.